Techno Journalist Dan Sicko Dead at 42

Pioneering critic was a scholar of electronic music

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Former Rolling Stone writer and techno journalist Dan Sicko died on Sunday at his his home in Ferndale, Michigan at the age of 42. Sicko had been suffering from ocular melanoma.

Sicko was the author Techno Rebels: The Renegades of Electronic Funk, a pioneering work of music journalism on the topic of techno music that legitimized the Detroit techno scene of the Eighties for many readers. The book was originally published in 1999, but was reissued and expanded last year.

In addition to Techno Rebels and his work at Rolling Stone, Sicko also wrote for Wired and Urb, and founded the early digital music magazine Reverb. Sicko also gave lectures on the techno music scene and served as Creative Director for the Detroit office of Organic, Inc.

Sicko's ongoing insights on techno can be found on his book's website. His family is also taking donations to help cover his medical costs.