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Negativland's Don Joyce has died

Negativland member died in Oakland, California on 22 July

Negativland member and radio DJ Don Joyce died from heart failure on 22 July. He was 71 years old. Joyce, who worked with the freeform collagists for 34 years, is credited with coining the term ‘culture jamming’.

Born in Keene, New Hampshire, Joyce moved to Oakland, North Carolina in the late 1960s. In 1981 he founded the Thursday night radio show Over The Edge on KPFA FM, which ran for 34 years. It was there where he met the late Ian Allen (the former Negativland member who died in January this year). Since joining the group, Joyce worked on nearly 30 Negativland albums, two books and three DVDs. He stopped touring with the group in 2010 but continued working on other projects with them.

According to the Negativland website, every show of Over The Edge, totalling 5000 plus hours of air time, is currently being archived, with a view to making it available in late 2015.