Brent Grulke

We read with sorrow this morning of the tragic and untimely death of Brent Grulke, creative director of Austin, Texas' South By Southwest festival. Mr. Grulke passed from a heart attack suffered following oral surgery.

Grulke's importance to publishers may be tangential—he was by all reports all about the music where the fest was concerned. But it was his vision for the music portion of the festival that made it the can't-miss behemoth it's become; and it's that vision that has spread to SXSW's film and interactive components.

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