Rod Poole, 1962-2007

I just caught this sad bit of information this afternoon:

“Police have arrested a husband and wife on suspicion of stabbing a 45-year-old man to death in the parking lot of a well-known Hollywood eatery.

The incident occurred about 9:45 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Mel’s Drive-In in the 1600 block of Highland Avenue. Officers answered a call of an assault with a deadly weapon and found Roderick Poole, 45, with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he died at 10:06 p.m.

Poole, of Hollywood, was walking with his wife when he got into an argument with a woman in a car, said Los Angeles Police Det. Larry Cameron. Witnesses told police the woman, with her husband, nearly ran over Poole. They exchanged words and the couple allegedly attacked Poole, police said. Michael Sheridan, 25, allegedly stabbed Poole several times before the pair drove off, investigators said.

“This was incredibly dumb,” said Cameron, referring to how a minor disagreement turned into a killing. Detectives later arrested Sheridan and his wife, Angela Sheridan, 24, both of Los Angeles. They were being held in lieu of $1-million bail each.” (LA Times)

I first became aware of Poole’s work through the compilation “156 Strings,” a Cuneiform release put together by Henry Kaiser. His contribution, “Kalaidoscopic Sunday,” was one of the first to catch my ear– in a compilation filled with many artists I was not familiar with, I recall this particular track being a real standout; with a loopy, repetitively insistent phrasing I eventually learned was characteristic of Poole’s work.

Oft-collaborator Nels Cline has much more to say on all this than I– here’s the link.

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