Our dear friend and colleague Richard Dorsett suddenly passed away on Friday, October 26th in his home in Austin. Richard had been associated with SXSW for many years as a music festival submissions curator and an Assistant Production Manager, supervising the production of music festival shows.
Richard was one of the original Inner Sanctum Records clerks at the seminal Austin indie record shop during the 1970s, where his trenchant in-store commentary became the stuff of legend. His status in the history of the early punk rock/new wave scene in Austin was cemented with his arrest by the Austin Police Department during the riot that accompanied the debut appearance at Raul's of punk band The Huns, making him one of the "Huns 7."
Richard's fierce intellect was admired and respected by his large group of friends and loved ones. He was incredibly well-read, and always happy to discuss and argue opinions with people who cared about the world of ideas.
Richard made a living though his preeminent expertise with collectible records, books, films, posters and other memorabilia. He made numerous friends while working for local businesses like Vulcan Video and MovieArt. He also helped appraise and sell private collections, including the notable library of his longtime friend, the author Bruce Sterling. Most recently, he had been assisting his late friend Brent Grulke's family by culling the valuable recordings from his huge collection for sale to collectors. Our hearts go out to his family and all those who loved him. He will be missed.