It’s being reported that Ian McLagan has died, suffering a stroke in hospital. He was 69. Earlier this year McLagan released a lucklustre new album – but that’s not his legacy, and nor should it really dent it. As a member of the Small Faces and The Faces, as someone who toured and recorded with The Rolling Stones and played sessions with so many of the greats McLagan earned his place as one of the key sidemen in rock history.
A great player, and with so many good stories too – many of them collected in this book – McLagan worked with an impressive range of musicians, a key member of Billy Bragg’s band at one point, assisting the likes of Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Joe Cocker and Jackson Browne – he was also a member of the hastily-assembled supergroup/side-project The New Barbarians.
A tough week given the news also of Bobby Keys’ passing.
R.I.P. Ian McLagan