Andrew Stark, a professor at the University of Toronto and author of 2016 book The Consolations of Mortality, has penned an entertaining piece for the Globe and Mail opinion section about how people approach bucket lists. The term entered the popular-culture lexicon ten years ago.
At one point in the article, Stark culls a modest but thoroughly memorable achievement on the BL front:
Donnie Evil, a local musician from Bozeman, Mont., was never going to sell more records over his lifetime than Kanye West. Success at that level was always going to elude him. But, as it so happens, Donnie did sell a sum total of 10 records, more than Kanye did, at Bozeman’s Cactus Records in the week before Christmas, 2010. “My life’s goal was to outsell Kanye at something,” Donnie told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. “Now I can die happy.”
For us, that passage begged the question of where Mr. Evil is today. Very sadly, the musician also known as Chris Donahue passed away in the spring of 2014 at the young age of 32. From another item in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, published at that time, by Rachel Hergett:
Solo, Donnie could command the audience’s attention like no one I’d ever seen. At the end of January, Donnie opened for JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers. He looked frail as he walked on stage. Still, sitting with his guitar and a microphone, his unique humor came out. My cousin Eric Larson, visiting for the evening, was immediately in awe. Eric rolled with laughter as Donnie sang about the apocalypse and at the prompting of the crowd, a disabled girl. He then swore to never perform the song again.
Thankfully, Cactus Records, which opened in 1970, is still in business. RIP, Donnie, and rock on, Cactus.
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