We here at Radio 13 are sadden to learn about the death of Pete Shelley, who died of an apparent heart attack at his home in Estonia at age 63.
Shelley was the creative force behind The Buzzcocks, the band he formed with Howard Devoto in 1976. Shelley and Devoto were instrumental in arranging for The Sex Pistols to play at the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall in June '76, one of the shows that has been credited with kicking off the punk movement in the UK.
After Devoto left the band Shelley carried on with longtime bassist Steve Diggle (who he met at the Pistols' gig) and they went on to create some of the era's most exciting and enduring music including Harmony In My Head and Every Fallen In Love.
The Buzzcocks' last gig with Pete Shelley was on August 25th in Belfast, Northern Ireland.