Musician Nash the Slash dies at 66

Global News

TORONTO – Jeff Plewman, the Toronto electric violinist and experimental musician who performed as Nash the Slash with his face enveloped in surgical bandages, was remembered by friends and peers Monday as a fearless musical innovator who never received the credit he deserved for his considerable influence.

Plewman died at age 66 over the weekend. His death was confirmed by friends and collaborators including artist Robert Vanderhorst and concert promoter Gary Topp, although neither was certain of the cause of death. Vanderhorst lamented that Plewman’s death was “right out of the blue.”

Plewman co-founded the progressive-rock band FM, who issued their debut Black Noise in 1977, and quickly established a long career as an eccentric solo artist and electric live presence whose compositions were nominally new wave but really, impossible to classify in a tidy fashion.

He was secretive about his identity, performing with a tuxedo, top hat and sunglasses…

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