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Mark E. Smith

The Fall are anti-nostalgia, always pushing against attempts to pigeonhole them. Fiercely working-class Smith was the white crap that speaks back. A fiery auto-didact, writer and performer I found him easy to admire if occasionally hard to like.

In interviews he could be hilarious, wise and scathing but equally he could come across vindictive and obnoxious. I know people who have personally experienced his kindness, generosity and counsel yet also witnessed a harsher side to him.

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