Shawn Mortensen


Above: “Shawn Mortensen visiting Ethiopia, feeding Hyenas, and living life.” (

From Chris Mortensen:

“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for our brother Shawn. We always knew he was a special human being and we loved him dearly. We now know the full impact he had on everyone he met. We are working hard to preserve his legacy and we his siblings, myself, Melissa, and Joe will be dedicated to continuing his humanitarian work. He loved you all, and you all loved him. Please check his website on announcements regarding his celebration of life and other details of his funeral. There will be an open viewing Wednesday 4/22 at 1-8 PM at the McNearney Mortuary, 540 Fifth Street in San Pedro, California. Thank you all again for your love, warm wishes and prayers.”

M.I.A. shout-out to Shawn at close of “Paper Tigers” (around the 3:58 mark) at Coachella last wknd:

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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