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Mark Kozelek Pays Tribute to Yes Bassist Chris Squire

LOUISVILLE, KY - JULY 20: Sun Kil Moon performs during the 2014 Forecastle Music Festival at Louisville Waterfront Park on July 20, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Mark Kozelek — a.k.a. Sun Kil Moon, who recently put out a new album called Universal Themes — has penned a tribute to Yes bassist Chris Squire, who died on Sunday. It reads:

My condolences to the family, friends and fans of Chris Squire. I’ve been a fan of Yes since I was a kid and covered Yes’ Long Distance Runaround, and later Chris Squire’s beautiful Onward, which I can be seen singing in the new film Youth by Paolo Sorrentino. Cameron Crowe and I argued during the movie set of Almost Famous about how he wanted me to play bass with my fingers “like John Paul Jones and John Entwhistle.” I would tell Cameron “but Chris Squire played with a pick!” Cameron got his way, but my heart filled with joy and melancholy when I saw the premier of Almost Famous and heard I’ve Seen All Good People from The Yes Album. I’ll never forget listening to that one over and over again in an Ohio basement where my love for Yes ignited. Thank you Chris Squire for the beautiful music. I will listen to I’ve Seen All Good People tonight, over and over. —Mark Kozelek 6/29/15

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Kozelek previously covered Yes’ 1978 single “Onward.” Revisit that in memory of Chris Squire.