Jimmy Webb, longtime manager of the iconic East Village clothing store Trash and Vaudeville and notable fixture in the downtown New York City rock scene, has passed away at the age of 62. No cause of death has been reported, but it appears that Webb was battling cancer.
Over the years, Webb befriended such legendary artists as Iggy Pop, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Guns N’ Roses’ Slash, and more. He was ever-present at rock shows throughout New York City, often shirtless and right up at the front of the stage.
At Trash and Vaudeville, he helped style rock stars and fashion-minded scenesters alike, with the store’s abundant collection of leather jackets, T-shirts, Doc Martens shoes, and more. In 2017, he opened his own boutique, I Need More, which also specialized in rock ‘n’ roll fashion.
“We are all going to miss our wonderful friend Jimmy Webb,” Debbie Harry told The New York Post upon hearing of his death. “There goes a lovely unique NYC character. I feel lucky to have known him.”
As recently as February, Webb held a ceremony for Harry and Pop at I Need More, where the two music icons placed their hands into plaster. The event was also attended by Henry Rollins, Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, The New York Dolls’ David Johansen, director Jim Jarmusch, and more.
Rollins, who was also reached by the New York Post, mentioned Webb’s health battle by telling the newspaper, “I flew out from LA [for the February event]; I had to be there for Jimmy. He was not doing well, and I had no doubt that it would be my last time seeing him. Cancer is a hell of a thing.”
On Twitter, Sebastian Bach wrote, “Jimmy Webb was a great friend of mine. I bought every pair of Cuban heeled boots that I wore from 1987 – 2011 at Trash & Vaudeville from Jimmy. Rest in peace brother we will miss you. You came from the time of true rock and roll.”
Up until yesterday, Webb had been active on his Instagram page, sharing videos of friends and family, including a number of photos from the February event at his store with the aforementioned artists and more.
Other luminaries who have honored Webb via social media include McKagan, Joan Jett, Max Weinberg, and more. On the next page, find messages of tribute from musicians and others touched by Jimmy Webb’s life.
Tributes to Jimmy Webb
We love you Jimmy
— Debbie Harry/BLONDIE (@BlondieOfficial) April 14, 2020
Our friend, Jimmy Webb, a legend and a St. Marks St. legend, stylist of the punks, famous and not, has passed. I’m so very sad and we’ll all miss your energetic, warm soul. The city will not be the same without you. pic.twitter.com/RI06gv8f0C
— Joan Jett (@joanjett) April 15, 2020
Jimmy Webb was a great friend of mine. I bought every pair of Cuban heeled boots that I wore from 1987 – 2011 at Trash & Vaudeville from Jimmy. Rest in peace brother we will miss you. You came from the time of true rock and roll 👢❤ https://t.co/WYSPy77GAO
— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) April 14, 2020
My pal…the sweetest man and pure punk f*cking rock n roll. Jimmy has SUCH a story, and my family and I feel honored and loved to be a small part of his triumphant tale. We love you Jimmy…we will miss you… https://t.co/9uqomJu9HW
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) April 15, 2020
Everyone in my family are so saddened to learn of Jimmy Webb's (of NYC's Trash & Vaudeville)untimely passing. Sweet guy, great businessman, and dear friend of my son, Jay who, when Jay was 13 , Jimmy was his East Village "Uncle" RIP Jimmy.
— Max Weinberg (@EStreetMax) April 14, 2020
Jimmy Webb the last day of Trash and Vaudeville on Saint Marks NYC 2016.
Rest in rock peace Jimmy. 💔 pic.twitter.com/t3shMtEEPd
— Chris Stein (@chrissteinplays) April 14, 2020
Jimmy Webb lived and breathed rock ‘n’ roll like no one I’ve ever known in the 50 years I’ve been on my journey. Did he play an instrument? No. Did he sing?No. Did he exude rock ‘n’ roll ? Yes. A profoundly important element in the history & mystery of NYC R n R..Rock in Peace! pic.twitter.com/GyMyj1RNbn
— Michael Des Barres (@MDesbarres) April 14, 2020
We’re sure gonna miss our good pal, #JimmyWebb. He was so generous with his kindness. I will never forget.
I think the best thing to do to honor him this evening is turn on Iggy Pop and dance. #INeedMore pic.twitter.com/4TfBmBuMfV
— Tyler Bryant (@thetylerbryant) April 14, 2020