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Legendary Rock Writer Carol Clerk RIP
Ben Hewitt , March 16th, 2010 08:58

Friend of The Quietus passes away

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Our good friend and colleague Carol Clerk died in her sleep on Saturday after a battle with cancer, which she met head on with typical humour and vigour.

Carol was an essential part of the Melody Maker team through the 80s and 90s as News Editor and writer. She also contributed to UNCUT, Classic Rock and The Quietus as well as writing many excellent books including The Saga Of Hawkwind, Pogue Mahone: Kiss My Arse: The Story of The Pogues, Madonna Style and The Damned: Light at the End of the Tunnel.

We would like to wish our deepest condolences to her family and friends, especially Nigel and Eve.

We will be publishing a longer tribute feature soon.

There is also a Facebook tribute group for Carol here.

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Mar 15, 2010 8:00pm

I was really shocked and saddened to hear of Carol's death on Saturday.

She was a huge personality and a true inspiration to a lot of music journalists particularly myself because she introduced me to it all back in 99 when I first freelanced on the Melody Maker newsdesk.

She was a huge mentor for me and I'm really gonna miss her sharp tongue and her wicked sense of humour and of course the beers and chats we had at the Stamford.

The fondest memory for me was when she took a few of us to the Stamford one lunch time and stretched our dinner hour out to a whole afternoon of drinking.

The best of it was when the editor rang up and asked where she was, Carol managed to convince him that she'd been advising some of the younger folk in the office about their careers and he completely fell for it.

Total genius, Carol was rock n roll all the way and a great writer. She had a true heart of gold and I'm gonna really miss her.

My condolences to her family and friends too. I'm really sorry for your loss.


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Marie Newby
Apr 25, 2010 9:28am

I met Carol in 1981 when I was working as a barmaid at the Oporto. she took me to gigs, introduced me to the bands she interviewed in the pub and to her fellow Melodymaker staff. She was kind, unpretentious and she let me sleep on her living-room floor, whilst apologising for the tapping of her typewriter into the wee small hours.
A lovely, lovely lady.

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christopher green
Oct 21, 2010 7:13pm

I only learned of Carol's death a couple of weeks ago now and must admit to still being quite gutted. She had sworn me to secrecy over her cancer and it took me some time to realize that my e-mails and then, latterly, 'phone calls were not been returned which was not normal. The fact that Carol would beat her illness was beyond doubt ... This gal was a fighter and lover of family and life itself. This gal was too precious to leave us, those fortunate enough to know her,and, living in Montreal, Canada, I am still in denial that next time over to London we will not meet up at McNastys or some other suitable boozing haunt ...
My dad was Hughie Green and Carol and I wrote "Hughie & Paula". What a ride that was.
If you want to get to know a person then writing a book with them is one way of doing so in depth.
I have been so very privileged ... God Bless Evee and Nige ...
Love you, Carol

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