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Subject: Guitarist, singer and songwriter Asa Brebner (The Modern Lovers, Robin Lane & The Chartbusters)


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Date Posted: Monday, March 11, 07:16:56am

Boston music scene luminary Asa Brebner has died at the age of 65

Sad news to pass along from Cambridge on this Sunday (March 10) as Vanyaland has confirmed that Asa Brebner has died. He was 65.

Brebner was a prolific force in the Boston music scene, particularly the city’s early punk era, and just last weekend played a pair of reunion shows with his beloved ’80s band, Robin Lane & The Chartbusters. He was currently working on new music, various art installations involving guitars, and something one close friend described as “a memoir of sorts.”

As news of his passing began circulating online, many took to Facebook to share condolences and personal stories of working with him over the past several decades. “Asa was a true artist and philosopher,” wrote John Powhida. “Not many walking the earth like him.” Bob Colby called Brebner “[a] true original.” Added Gary Robley: “Wow, Boston lost a big one today. Rest In Peace Asa Brebner. Your music and writings will be very much missed.”

Peter Wolf also offered the following: “RIP Asa Brebner, a longtime friend, multi-talented artist, family man and a real deal rock ‘n’ roller. Many a night we raved and ranted at the moon… he will be greatly missed.”

Brebner was credited as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, cartoonist, author, and producer, and in addition to The Chartbusters and his own solo efforts, also played in bands like The Modern Lovers, Mickey Clean & the Mezz, The Grey Boys, The Family Jewels, The Naked I’s, and Asa Brebner’s Idle Hands.

Brebner’s death was sudden, and no cause of death has been made public.

After last weekend’s Chartbusters reunion shows at The Burren in Somerville, Brebner took to Facebook to share thoughts, as he often did in recent years, in his distinctive style and eccentric voice. Below is the post he wrote after the first show; we’re reposting it in full, because to quote just a snippet would be to do the man a disservice. [Warning: the post contains offensive language, which has been edited.]

Brebner is survived by his wife, Lori, and the couple’s pair of 5-year-old twins

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