Remembering Tony Clarkin: The Storyteller of Magnum
It’s with a heavy heart that we at Now Spinning Magazine pay tribute to Tony Clarkin, the legendary guitarist and songwriter of the band Magnum, who has sadly passed away. Known for his profound influence on the rock scene, particularly in the 70s and 80s, Clarkin’s passing marks the end of an era for Magnum fans and the music world at large.
Early Days and Magnum’s Rise
I first encountered Magnum as a teenager in Birmingham, at a small venue where their presence was as commanding as it was inspiring, despite the modest crowd. Even then, it was evident that Magnum was a band of stature, destined for greater things. Their unique blend of rock, infused with progressive elements, set them apart in an era brimming with musical experimentation.
It was in the mid-80s, amidst the glam and hair metal scene, that Magnum truly found their stride. Their album “On a Storyteller’s Night” marked a turning point, catapulting them back into the limelight. This album, in particular, holds a special place in my heart and in the hearts of many Magnum fans. It’s a testament to the band’s resilience and Clarkin’s unwavering dedication to his craft.
The Genius of Tony Clarkin
Tony Clarkin was not just a guitarist; he was the soul of Magnum. His songwriting prowess, his ability to weave stories into melodies, and his knack for creating uplifting music were unparalleled. He was a true storyteller, and his songs were his canvas. Tracks like “Just Like an Arrow” and “How Far Jerusalem” are not just songs; they are epic tales set to music.
Magnum’s music was a constant in the lives of many, a soundtrack to our personal journeys. As we navigated life’s ups and downs, Magnum’s music was there, a source of comfort and inspiration. Clarkin’s storytelling through music was a gift that transcended time and genre.
The Future of Magnum
With Clarkin’s passing, the future of Magnum is uncertain. But what remains undeniable is the impact he had on the music world. His ability to craft songs that were not only musically profound but also lyrically rich set him apart as a master songwriter.
A Tribute to a Legend
As we mourn the loss of Tony Clarkin, let’s celebrate his life and legacy by revisiting Magnum’s discography. For those unfamiliar with their work, “On a Storyteller’s Night” is a perfect starting point. For long-time fans, it’s a chance to reconnect with the music that has been a part of our lives for so long.
Tony Clarkin’s music was a beacon of positivity and inspiration, and his legacy will continue to live on through the timeless tracks he created. His talent for crafting songs that uplifted and inspired is a rare gift that will be sorely missed.
Rest in peace, Tony Clarkin, and thank you for the music that will continue to inspire generations to come. Keep spinning those discs, and let Magnum’s music be a reminder of the power of storytelling through song.
Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine