This is not a good one; Mark Howard a highly revered sound engineer is down with cancer and it has reached a critical stage. He has worked with the likes of Emmylou Harris, U2, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, and Bob Dylan. In fact, he was the sound engineer that handled Bob Dylan’s Time Out of Mind and Oh Mercy (2 of Dylan’s most successful albums).
He was already diagnosed of skin cancer about a year ago and little was heard about it so a lot of people felt the ailment was under control. It was shocking when the announcement was made that the cancer has spread to his lungs and brain and he is now fighting for his life. He is said to be in Toronto currently and he is being treated for stage 4 melanoma.
He was quoted as saying that he is feeling good even though the side effects of the treatment are not so bad. He also confirmed that he has been getting great support from the music community. Thanks to everyone that has supported the great sound engineer so far. They are the reason he is staying strong.
Since it has become necessary to raise funds for him to pay his bills, rent, and living expenses, a GoFundMe page has been set up for him. There is so much hope that he will finish his treatment, beat cancer, and get back to his feet soon.
Another not-so-good news in the music industry is Gibson’s bankruptcy. Gibson is one of the most successful guitar brands in America. The company announced on Tuesday that it is set to file for chapter-11 bankruptcy. It also made it known that it is also working towards re-focusing, restricting, and reorganizing of the company.
As a way out of its debt, the company will drop all its side businesses and focus on producing and selling musical instruments because that is its original mission. All other businesses are diversifications.
The company had been struggling for the past one year and they have cut down operational cost tremendously and even increased earnings. They have also reduced working capital demands but in spite of all their efforts, they have not been able to turn the company’s fate around.