Dallas-based music writer Lee Jackson has died at the age of 38, according to a post by a family member on his Facebook page and friends that have spoken to the writer’s family. There was also a memorial post from his former experimental music website, Foxy Digitalis, for whom Jackson freelanced. A call to the family went unanswered.
Jackson was a prolific writer whose career stretched back to the hard copy zine era. He worked with noted Swedish musician and writer, Mats Gustafsson, on the Broken Face printed journal. The fanzine, which Gustafsson edited, ran from 1998 until 2003 and was considered influential in the world of experimental, psychedelic rock, and folk music. Those genres became a more prominent commercial force in the 2000s, which makes Broken Face now seem rather forward thinking. Dallas’ own Bedhead featured prominently in the second issue.
Although Jackson kept a Duncanville address off of Rock Springs Rd. for receiving correspondence during his time as a writer for Broken Face, he listed Austin as his chosen city by the time printing folded, according to a January 2004 selected playlist.
Jackson had an intimidating grasp on a wide variety of music, and I personally considered him one of the best music writers in North Texas and beyond. In recent years he maintained his own music blog called Womblife. On that site, a retrospective of favorites from 2011 had to actually be split into two categories, “Top Pop” and “Top Metal.” A quick look reveals he was well-versed in both.
I didn’t know Jackson very well, but he was always a friendly presence at shows, whether they were at the Granada or House Of Tinnitus. He seemed to lack the ego that often accompanies writers and fans who knew as much as he did.
I had this to say about Jackson on FrontRow last year, when he was trying to raise awareness about an event in conjunction with Houston entity, Nameless Sound:
…however a lot of credit is due to local writer and experimental music expert Lee Jackson, who originally tipped me off. Jackson writes for his own site, Womblife, as well as fringe art chroniclers, Foxy Digitalis. Jackson said he was also helped by Houston’s Dave Dove, founder of Nameless Sound … Texas is lucky to have both Dove and Jackson looking out for the artistic health and sophistication of their state.
More information to be posted regarding memorials or benefits as it becomes available.
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