Longtime Levis friend and collaborator Andy Pierce passed this along…

Dennis Palmer, co-founder of the Shaking Ray Levis duo and namesake Shaking Ray Levi Society passed away February 15, 2013. Visual artist, storyteller, educator, mentor, friend and the world’s most colorfully inventive synthesizer player, he will be greatly missed.

Death notice and memorial info

Derek Bailey, Amy Denio, Dennis Palmer: “I Miss a Friend Like You”

Times Free Press article

Creative Loafing article

Dennis Palmer Portraiture

With Rev. Howard Finster and Bob Stagner

With Col. Bruce Hampton and Davey Williams

With Shelley Hirsch and Bob Stagner

With Amy Denio, Jessica Lurie, and Bob Stagner

With Derek bailey and Bob Stagner

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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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