NPR's Madeleine Brand reports on the strange and tragic past of 60's musician, Skip Spence. Spence's album, "Oar", is being re-released, along with a new tribute album. A number of artists who were influenced by Spence's unusual style contributed to "More Oar." And even though Spence's life was marred by tragedy..including mental illness and drug addiction, he was able to hear the tribute album on his death bed, just an hour before dying of lung cancer. (8:15-8:37)
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Skip Spence' album "Oar" is being re-released by Sundazed Records; ASIN: B00000JJ2R, and the tribute album released by BirdmanRecords; ASIN: B00000JCBU