Boston music scene remembers Anderson Mar, who died of injuries sustained from a Fall River fire


Anderson Lynne Mar, a well-known figure in the Boston music scene and the city’s underground and goth/fetish circles, has passed away at the age of 41. Mar suffered critical injuries from a March 24 fire at a Fall River apartment, and today that city’s officials revealed that the Wakefield musician and promoter died Friday after four days on life support. Southern New England news station NBC 10 reported that the fire was an accident, and caused by candles that ignited a couch at the first-floor Fulton Street residence.

Mar was an instructor at the Boston School of Rock and founder of Dark Sky Productions, a live music and nightlife booking agency that specialized in goth, punk, and underground music. She was also the singer of goth band Sans Nomenclature, whose next gig was Friday, April 11 at the Cantab Lounge’s “Club Bohemia” in Cambridge. It would have been Mar’s 42nd birthday.

Her friend and Sans Nomenclature bandmate, Renee Solano, posted the following statement moments ago:

I am heartbroken to say that Anderson was at a friend’s home last Sunday night, 3/23/14, when a fire broke out (what type of fire has been speculated upon, all I know for sure is there was a fire.) Her friend got out, thought she was right behind him, but she wasn’t. He went back in to try to get her, but was overcome by smoke.

The firefighters got her out, but she had been deprived of oxygen for over 15 minutes. They took her to the hospital, where they placed her on life support. Her parents got the news the next morning. On Tuesday morning they did an mri and found basically that if she woke up, she would have no quality of life. Her parents wanted to donate her organs but that was not possible.

On Friday morning, 3/28/14, her parents made the decision to take her off life support. She passed away peacefully in her sleep.

Here is Sans Nomenclature performing at the Cantab back in January 2010:

As news of her death spread through social media throughout the day, those who knew her personally extended their thoughts. Here is a sampling:

  1. the first time i met Anderson was at a punk rock show..my son’s band the Vicious Bastards were performing..i roadied them to the venue an after setting up the promoter came up to me and made me pay 5 bucks admission…welcome to Anderson Lynne..after hitting it like a brick wall i came across her at Dodge St for a similar show…this time i refused to pay and stood outside till the VBs were done….many years later i came across Anderson once again at a local open mic i was performing at…Andersen liked my music and booked for the Sky Bar many times …she performed on Palmer St with us and attended many other shows the Pocket Buskers put on….i never did remind Andersen about the times we had met during the VBs days…but it always made me smile…she was a real soul and a wonderful friend to have known….Sleep well Anderson….

  2. I cant believe this happened. Once this sinks in for everyone it wll be worse. I am sosorry, she made my day from Sky bar with Rich Horror and Co. to Hubba Bubba on Mass ave. The spirit is alive with the School of Rock kids and forever now. I saw you 3 weeks ago at gulu let you do your thing and hit you up on facebook to congradulate your band and you said thanks. I say thanks now forever.

  3. Her soul is now reunited with the love from which it sprang. May it be guided there peacefully, and those who loved her in this form take comfort in knowing that she continues in a better one.

  4. I am so sorry to hear this! Anderson was a founding member of a goth band Gallows Hill that I later had the honour to sing for. Hers were our best songs. She was brilliant and beautiful and she will be sorely missed!

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