RIP Jake (Reverend D Wayne Love) John Black from Alabama 3

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, May 21, 2019.

  1. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    This is exactly it. And it’s a truly wonderful thing to know someone will always be honest with you whilst always supporting you.
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  2. editor

    editor hiraethified

    The band have decided to carry on. Rightly so, in my view.

  3. spitfire

    spitfire Toast

    When we were touring it was a point of pride that no matter what state we got in, the gig must always go ahead. And it did. Larry and Jake managed to pull off some remarkable recoveries from places quite far away.

    100% correct decision.
  4. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I can't imagine what it will be like for the band when one of his singing/rapping parts comes up and he's not there :(
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  5. sojourner

    sojourner Where's me readers?

    Gonna be pretty fucking hard to get through the songs, I would imagine, at first. Right decision, if immensely tough.

    And that Therese Mullan post - I read it too on FB. Proper had me choked up.

    Anyone know what did for him? Heart attack?
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  6. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Pneumonia, I think.
  7. sojourner

    sojourner Where's me readers?

    Fuck :( He'd not long done a gig too hadn't he? Fucking warrior.
  8. nick

    nick Pleomorphic Adenomas R us

    A tribute (of sorts) in this week's Popbitch mailer.
  9. spitfire

    spitfire Toast

    Yeah I saw that as well. Not so sure about the snorting cocaine off someone's shoulder, that does not sound like the Jake I knew.
  10. spitfire

    spitfire Toast


    They're doing the gig and fucking more power to them for doing it.

    Here's a video I found tonight that I'd never seen before and shows Jake at his best.

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  11. spanglechick

    spanglechick High Empress of Dressing Up

    I once had a very long conversation in an amalgam of poorly-remembered French and cod-Shakespeare, in the small grey hours of the morning after one of @onemonkey’s famous parties. Just him, me, and a woman I’d met a couple of times before, but she was mostly insensible with drink.

    The woman went on to become my best mate, partner in crime and platonic soulmate, but I only ever saw Jake one other time.

    It’s still a very special memory, though.
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  12. Yossarian

    Yossarian free shrugs

    Falkirk on Saturday - "Woke up this morning, world turned upside down. Things ain't been the same since Jake Black walked out of this town."

  13. editor

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  14. CNT36

    CNT36 Not carbon nano tubes

    Bloke who owns the local is mates with the band. He'll be cut up.
  15. spitfire

    spitfire Toast

    C&P'd for non Facebookers.

    The funeral of our brother Jake Black will take place in Glasgow on Saturday, 15th June 2019.

    We will gather at Possil Park Parish Church for a 10 am service, moving on to Lamb Hill Crematorium for an 11.15 am service. It will be followed by a celebration of his life at The Clutha.

    For those who cannot make it, fear not, you will be with us closely in spirit.

    Thank you to all of you for your support in the last two weeks on behalf of the Black family, Alabama 3 and management.


    I'll probably get the train up Friday night, it's an early one.
  16. spitfire

    spitfire Toast

    What a fucking send off.

    Will try and expand further at some point.
  17. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Look forward to hearing the debauched tales!
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  18. spitfire

    spitfire Toast

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

    It was a day the phrase emotional rollercoaster could have been coined for. The family asked for no social media so I'll just give a sketch, hopefully that will stay within their wishes. If anyone thinks I am overstepping the mark pipe up and I'll delete but I know Jake has friends on here so I'd like to think I'm sharing the D W AY N E LOVE respectfully.

    The horse drawn hearse funeral procession was topped and tailed with a Hells Angels escort from the Newcastle/Tyne and Wear chapter. Close friends and family trooped along behind the procession to the church. I'm guessing 500 people in all squeezed in to the sounds of A Love Supreme playing softly in the background. Orlando kicked off proceedings with a perfectly pitched tribute that captured Jake's personality without glossing over his foibles, he's a funny cunt that Tarquin. Representatives of the RMT and MOJO also paid their respects and expressed their thanks for Jake and the band's support over the years. Primal Scream, Chumbawumba and The Levellers sent messages, Primal Scream sent a Screamadelica floral tribute that looked mint.

    The humanist service was ribald and I have never heard so much swearing in a church before and probably never will again! Fair play to the church for letting it happen.

    On to the crematorium where we were greeted by Woke Up This Morning on the PA and the "minister", for want of a better phrase, ran through Jake's life from birth including a very funny story of a 7 year old Jake getting one over on his Salvation Army teacher, Rob filled in the London part and how they bonded, "A squid eating dough in a Polyethylene bag is fast and bulbous, got me?". I'll leave that there...loads more swearing as well because it was appropriate! Venus in Furs played for a few minutes reflection on how we knew the man.

    Peace in the Valley from the band sent Jake off with a bang, I've never been to a gospel church but I imagine that's as good as it gets. Onwards to The Clutha and pints...

    Old school Brixtonites were in attendance, Eddie Real, Pixie, Maddie, Fran, Alan from Brady's, Brionn, Stuart amongst others.

    I've not been to a funeral like it before and unlikely I will again but that is fitting for a man that could literally talk to anyone and make them feel like they were on a level.

    It was a testament.

    I'll miss you Jake. Wish I'd seen you more often in the last few years. You always had a big hug for me.

    The family asked for any tributes to be paid to Miscarriages of Justice Organisation - Bringing Hope To The Innocent rather than flowers. Paddy Hill was there yesterday (and I believe another member of the Birmingham 6 but I couldn't be sure). Dig deep.

    RIP Big man.

    Last edited: Jun 17, 2019
  19. spitfire

    spitfire Toast

    Last edited: Jun 17, 2019
  20. editor

    editor hiraethified

  21. editor

    editor hiraethified

    An absolutely beautiful tribute:

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  22. spitfire

    spitfire Toast

    That’s lovely.

    I’m on my way down, just getting some food in Brixton.

    Blue jeans and a Fred Perry top if any utbz want to say hello.

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