I’m not gonna make this post about how I copped my Stark Reality og vinyl or how much it’s selling for according to Popsike or any of that. I’m not gonna write a full fledged eulogy, either (but I will direct you to what Egon wrote on the Now Again Records site)… just a few words about the man Monty Stark. Although I only knew Monty personally from a few e-mails and posts on Soulstrut, MySpace, etc., it was clear to me that he was cool people. Just little stuff like his posting of the cover of my Archaeologists’ Classics Vol. 82 cassette – the one with the Stark Reality-bitten artwork- on the ‘Strut, his way of winking at me and saying “I see you, Soulman!” Putting the picture of my kids holding my copy of the Stark lp up on his site (Akilah and Khalil loved that). Hearing a beat I made using his “All You Need To Make Music” and giving it the thumbs up, even if he probably didn’t really get my “hiphopizationing” of his original tune. Cool people. So of course I’m sad to know that the world has lost not only a brilliant music man but also a very cool human being… I don’t know, maybe it’s me but it doesn’t seem like they make so many of those anymore. Anyway, I’m rockin’ “Comrades” right now as I type these words, and I’m feeling pretty good. “Friendship for life… see you tomorrow.” Word up. Thanks, Monty.