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Guitarist, songwriter and Australian rock and roll legend Spencer P Jones has passed away following a long battle with liver cancer. The Beasts of Bourbon founding member died on Tuesday, age 62.

Jones was born in 1956 on the North Island town of Te Awamutu in New Zealand and moved to Australia in his late teens. Jones joined punk band The Johnnys in the 80s, who released their first album Highlights of a Dangerous Life in 1986.

After The Johnnys broke up, Jones formed Beasts of Bourbon with Tex Perkins and released solo work as well as records alongside Paul Kelly, Warren Ellis, Rowland S. Howard, Renee Geyer and Gareth Liddiard. 

Jones was diagnosed with liver cancer in June after battling with poor health since 2015.

RIP Spencer P Jones.

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