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Dennes Dale Boon

Born: April 1, 1958 San Pedro, California, USA

Died: December 23, 1985 Tucson, Arizona, USA

Age: 27

Cause of death: Broken neck after high speed car accident.

Notable because: Talented musician and artist died very young on the road.

D Boon was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. Active between 1978, when he joined The Reactionaries, and 1985, when he was killed in a van accident, Boon was best known as the guitarist and vocalist of the Californian punk rock trio Minutemen.

Dennes Boon was born in San Pedro, California on April 1, 1958. His father, a navy veteran, worked installing radios in Buick cars, and the Boons lived in former World War II barracks that had been converted into public housing. As a teenager, Boon began painting and signed his works "D. Boon", partly because "D" was his slang for cannabis, partly after Daniel Boone, but mostly because it was similar to E. Bloom, Blue Öyster Cult's vocalist and guitarist.

Boon formed Minutemen in January 1980 with childhood friend Mike Watt on bass, from their previous band, The Reactionaries, later adding former Reactionaries drummer George Hurley. Their best known album was Double Nickels on the Dime.

The Minutemen continued until December 23, 1985, when Boon was killed in a van accident in the Arizona desert near the Californian border on route I-10. Because he had been sick with fever, Boon was lying down in the rear of the van without a seatbelt when the van ran off the road. Boon was thrown out the back door of the van and died instantly from a broken neck. He was 27 years old. The band immediately dissolved, though Watt and Hurley would form the band fIREHOSE soon after. The live album Ballot Result was released in 1987, two years after Boon's death.

Boon's guitar style is very distinctive; he rarely used distortion and frequently set the equalization on his amplifier so that only the treble frequencies were heard - the bass and midrange frequencies would be turned off completely. His style had a heavy funk/blues feel which was very different from other hardcore punk bands in the 80s.

Boon is responsible for the writinshot of d. boon in 1980g and composition of the Minutemen's most anthemic songs (in contrast to Watt's stream of consciousness lyrics), including "This Ain't No Picnic", "Corona", "The Price of Paradise," and "Courage." A lifelong artist, Boon also created drawings or paintings for the Minutemen releases Joy, The Punch Line, What Makes a Man Start Fires?, The Politics of Time, Project: Mersh and 3-Way Tie (For Last).

Since the first fIREHOSE album, Mike Watt has dedicated every record he has worked on - be it fIREHOSE, solo, or otherwise - to D. Boon's memory. A song on Watt's semi-autobiographical 1997 album Contemplating the Engine Room, "The Boilerman", is about D. Boon; on the recording itself, guitarist Nels Cline plays one of Boon's last Telecaster guitars, which Watt is in possession of. Watt also mentions his fallen friend in fIREHOSE's "Disciples Of The 3-Way" (Mr. Machinery Operator) and his own "Burstedman" (The Secondman's Middle Stand).

Boon has been paid tribute by American alternative band Stigmata-A-Go-Go with the song "D. Boon", from their 1994 album It's All True, American band Uncle Tupelo with a different song "D. Boon" from their 1991 album Still Feel Gone, and American band Centro-matic's song "D.Boon-Free (A Ninth Gradehttp://meursaultcassiel.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/wejamecono_boon.jpg Crime)" off "The Static Vs. The Strings Vol. 1".

His legacy in the underground music scene around the world had made him an influence on countless musicians. In their song "minuteman", the Hardcore band Self Harm from New Zealand make reference to his musical contributions as guitarist and vocalist with Minutemen.

In 2003, former D. Boon roommate Richard Derrick released the CD D. Boon And Friends, a collection of jam session tapes he did with D. Boon, and rare Boon solo performances, as the first release on his Box-O-Plenty Records label. Mike Watt authorized the shot of d. boon in 1980release and provided technical assistance and liner notes.

He is number 89 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

 shot of d. boon in 1985

D. Boon and Friends

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