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Friends, Colleagues Remember SXSW's Brent Grulke

Rewind: Brent Grulke, SXSW Music Creative Director, Dies of Heart Attack

Tuesday afternoon, SXSW staff began posting testimonials to their late friend and colleague, Brent Grulke, who had been SXSW Music's Creative Director from 1994 until he died after suffering a heart attack Monday morning in Austin.

In our time working for the Austin Chronicle off and on (mostly on) between 1994 and 2007, Rocks Off grew to know, like and respect Grulke, as did our former Chronicle colleague and now Dallas Observer Music Editor Audra Schroeder, who wrote a nice little tribute to Grulke Tuesday.

As many deaths do, Grulke's came completely out of nowhere, and many people still seem completely stunned. Outside his immediate survivors (he leaves a wife, son and two brothers), the people grieving hardest for Grulke, who was 52, are the people he worked with. He worked closely with all of them, it seems like, and their tributes poured into SXSW's Web site by the paragraph Tuesday.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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