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Eli Jones: Baltimore’s Tragic Suburban Rock Star Remembered

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Eli Jones ca. 1996. Photo by Jason Forster.

If you weren’t part of Baltimore’s suburban youth rock scene of the ’90s, you may never have heard of Eli Jones, a musician his friends and fans — Rjyan Kidwell AKA Cex, local music writer Tim Kabara, Human Host’s Mike Apichella, and Tempsound Solutions’ Shawn Phase among them — refer to variously as “brilliant,” a “rock star,” a “young Captain Beefheart,” and “one of the greatest artists of any kind who ever lived.”

New Website Documents North Baltimore County’s “’90s Teen Avant-Garde”

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Baltimore County’s Charm City Suicides, ca. 1998

There are certain things that Wikipedia is just no good for.  One of them tends to be minor regional art movements. Something like what is documented by Towson-Glen Arm Freakouts would lack “notability” and be quickly eliminated by one of Wikipedia’s (increasingly deletionist) editors. And even if you were somehow able to stave off the ravenous article-eating editors in general, a factoid like “Before calling it quits, Within plays a final show at Tim Kabara’s mom’s house” simply would not survive for long. And that’s why we should count ourselves lucky that Mike Apichella (currently of the spectacular and protean Human Host) started this website two days ago.

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