Estrellas de rock como Debbie Harry, de Blondie, Duff McKagan, de Guns N' Rose, Billie Joe Armstrong, de Green Day y Nikki Sixx de Mötley Crüe, entre otros, lamentaron la muerte de Jimmy Webb, famoso diseñador de moda de Nueva York, quien falleció este martes 14 de abril a los 62 años a causa de un cáncer.
Webb era una figura relevante en la escena rockera de esa ciudad debido a que su tienda de ropa se había transformado en un lugar de paso obligado para muchas de las figuras del género.
Entre sus célebres clientes se encontraban Iggy Pop, Joan Jett, los integrantes de Mötley Crüe, Cindy Lauper, el ex Skid Row Sebastian Bach y Steve Vand Zandt, integrante de la E Street Band, el grupo acompañante de Bruce Springsteen.
MESSAGE FROM IGGY: “Jimmy was a ragged ray of sunshine in a world that’s getting darker. He became close with my wife Nina and I over the years. Being close with Jimmy involved a deluge of flowers, gifts, voice mails, texts and very long telephone conversations. The flowers tended to be fantastically huge floral arrangements and the gifts invariably wrapped in pink leopard skin, spritzed with glitter and little gold stars like the kind you get in kindergarten for being a very good boy. Both in texting and long hand, Jimmy never used the cursive or any smaller case letters, everything was in full speed caps with unending exclamation points. I first heard of Jimmy from a couple of frightened co- workers at Trash and Vaudeville, the New York rock boutique he managed for years. They told me I had a stalker but Jimmy wasn’t that bad, just a relentlessly enthusiastic fan who enjoyed your fame and oddity so much he wants to be you, and why not? This is the kind of guy who you don’t think you would miss until you do and then you miss him a lot, kind of Proust in street wear, showing his asscrack. For some years now, Jimmy lived alone in a basement apartment in Murray Hill and dedicated his life to his store ‘I Need More’, and to the people he collected through that theatre and a theatre it was, and he was it’s star, gossiping, laughing, cackling but always encouraging and spotlighting what he thought was beautiful about the people and world around him. It was his dream to have a store-as-theater like this, in the tradition of let it rock, manic panic and Trash and Vaudeville, also to be somebody and he really was so, he got where he needed to go. I knew he had been battling an illness for a long time and he showed incredible stamina and pluck in the fight. This is someone whose grave will be visited with flowers, cigarettes and love. Iggy” Photo by @carltimpone/BPA
Webb había arrancado a trabajar en la moda cuando tenía 16 años. Su marca, Trash and Vaudeville está ubicada en 96 East 7th Street entre Avenue A y First Avenue, del popular East Village, en Manhattan.
RIP @jimmywebbnyc I have a million memories we shared together since meeting in 83. When flying into NYC I would always pray We could grab some coffee and catch up on life. Your positive outlook on life was not only infectious but inspirational. Your clothes, like you always kicked ass. I’m wearing my knife necklaces I got from you last time we hung out right now.I remember you saying to my daughter Storm what a good man I was and how it made me feel proud to be sober. We all miss you Rockstar.