Long Live John Stabb! 1961 – 2016

As I’m sure many of you know, John Stabb passed away early Saturday evening.  He was with those who loved him and it was very peaceful.  All his suffering is over and he’s now part of the infinite. I will miss him more than I can say.

I never played in a legendary hardcore band nor was I ever in a band with John.  My memories of John revolve around hanging out at shows or at the townhouse I shared with Lou Perez and Sean Epstein.  I can still see him sitting on the ratty green vinyl chair in the living room.  Later, I helped book a few shows for the band he fronted, History Repeated.

First and foremost, John was always a good friend and a good man.  He was always supportive of my ideas.  As a matter of fact, sometimes he was more enthusiastic about them than I was!  He had a crazy energy and a light around him that few people do.

It’s sad to use the past tense describing John, but that’s just describing his physical being.   It’s up to us to remember his ferocious love of life, his tenacity to be creative in the face of overwhelming odds, and his intense devotion to his friends and loved ones.  We should all take a lesson from that.

John Stabb will live on forever.

Thank you,



  1. All these years and I’m only realizing now that John may have been a classmate of mine in elementary school. Can anyone tell me if he went to Glen Haven ES in Wheaton MD?

    Either way…thank you John, for all you brought us and changing the definition of music.

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    1. Jeanine – John was one of my two best friends from Magruder High School – Pete Murray (Red C & Marginal Man guitarist & vocalist) is the other – and as I recall Wheaton Woods was the elementary school he attended since the house he grew up in was right across Bauer Drive from that school.


      1. Marginal Man–I remember them too. Good times… Wheaton Woods isn’t far from where I’m talking about. Any chance he might have moved and attended both schools during those years?


      2. Not as far as I know. More than I’m able, perhaps one of his surviving brothers may be able to confirm or deny your supposition more definitively.


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