Legendary Producer/Rock Critic Sandy Pearlman Ailing, GoFundMe Account Set Up
July 11, 2016 at 12:31 PM (PT)
SANDY PEARLMAN, legendary rock critic and producer for BLUE OYSTER CULT and THE CLASH, suffered a cereral hemorrhage last DECEMBER which left him unable to walk, talk or fully comprehend his circumstances, and is in need of enormously expensive care. A GOFUNDME account has been set up here by fellow rock writer ROBERT DUNCAN and wife RONI HOFFMAN to help him defray those expenses.
PEARLMAN is one of the original forefathers of rock criticism, at CRAWDADDY and other seminal publications, a pioneer of heavy metal (a phrase he may have been the first to use, as a rock critic), a an icon of punk, paisley underground and goth. He is a poet, producer, songwriter, manager, label owner, member of the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS preservation board, professor of music and philosophy at McGILL and UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO. He was the visionary behind the BLUE OYSTER CULT, as well as its co-producer, co-manager and lyricist (in the SNL "More Cowbell" sketch, CHRISTOPHER WALKEN plays a fictionalized SANDY overseeing the recording of "Reaper"). He was the force behind THE DICTATORS, whose *DICTATORS Go Girl Crazy," whicvh he co-produced, was, arguably, the first punk album. He produced THE CLASH's first U.S. release, *Give 'em Enough Rope*, as well as the DREAM SYNDICATE and PAVLOV'S DOG, among many others, and he managed ROMEO VOID and DIO-era BLACK SABBATH. He's also the recipient of 17 Gold or Platinum records.
In light of the extraordinary costs, the draining of his personal resources, and the expiration, on JULY 7th of his healthcare coverage, a GO FUND ME account has been set up in his name. The funds raised are urgently needed and will be used, promptly and exclusively, to pay for his skilled nursing facility and all associated care, including nurses, doctors, diagnostic tests and physical, speech and occupational therapists.