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News Tue Dec 13 2011

Lee Groban, RIP

Poet and artist Lee Groban, a well-known fixture on the Chicago arts scene, passed away Dec. 9 after a long battle with congestive heart failure and emphysema. He was 64. There will be a memorial service at Packer Schopf Gallery, 942 W. Lake St., from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday, Dec. 18.

Groban's best known work is The Cure for Insomnia, an 87-hour-long film based on his epic poem by the similar name A Cure for Insomnia, which he co-produced with John Henry Timmis IV. It holds the Guinness world record for the longest film, and was first played in its entirety at The School of the Art Institute from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, 1987. The poem was a continual work in progress; Groban claimed it was well over 5,000 pages at the time of his death.

Here is Groban reading a portion of A Cure for Insomnia and sharing some philosophy with a group of people on the street in New York this summer.

View more video of Groban on YouTube user SENATURD210's channel.

 
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Greg Mucci / December 13, 2011 2:57 PM

I'm a late deafened person who befriended Lee and his family early in my life. Lee and family were the first people to recognize my creeping deafness and take me under their wing. Over the years, right up to the end, Lee would spend whole days with me writing every word of conversations. I'm deeply grateful for Lee and his family. I'll miss him greatly.

Lee was a very "different" kind of person. The kind that makes the world a better, better place.

Andrew Steiner / December 14, 2011 12:56 PM

Very sad news.I have seen Lee at most every art event
in Chicago. He was one of a kind and a true artist.

Francine Kilzer / December 15, 2011 3:41 PM

I knew Lee from mutual friends way back more than 30 years ago when he lived in Rogers Park. A unique presence and a wildly immaginative talent. RIP, Lee, they sure broke the mold after they made you!

Waynard / December 20, 2011 3:05 PM

I first met Lee in 1976 when he was in the band sundog summit. He was a different guy, but very peaceful and always in tuned with the times.

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