- 15 Apr 20
Jimmy Webb, an icon in rock fashion, has passed away at the age of 62.
Jimmy Webb, the iconic manager and buyer from famed New York clothing store Trash and Vaudeville who later on opened his own shop named I NEED MORE, died Yesterday morning at the age of 62.
Webb’s friend Heart Montalbano confirmed his death to Rolling Stone, adding that the cause of death was cancer.
While not a musician himself, Webb counted rock royalty like Iggy Pop, Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, Joan Jett and Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Chris Stein as customers and friends.
Following his death, numerous musicians paid tribute to the flamboyant style icon.
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 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
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Jimmy was a RocknRoll renaissance man. A true survivor & inspiration.His heart was always full of love and he let the world know it.We will all miss his special spirit. NYC will never feel the same without Jimmy’s smile waiting for you as you entered his store. RIP Rockstar https://t.co/ntG9Pvo4Fk
— xxıS ıʞʞıN (@NikkiSixx) April 15, 2020
I can’t believe he haspast. To me he was an East VillageIcon. I will miss him so much❤️❤️🔥🌀 pic.twitter.com/wzpLeiCHre
— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) April 14, 2020
We love you Jimmy
— Debbie Harry/BLONDIE (@BlondieOfficial) 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
Webb started working at Trash and Vaudeville in 1999 and soon became the manager and buyer. With an eye for the perfect-fitting skinny jeans, he pulled together looks for punk rockers to pop stars alike, including outfitting everyone from the Ramones to Beyoncé and Justin Bieber.
In his time at Trash and Vaudeville, his audacious style and character made an impression on his clientele and neighborhood — he became, as Vogue called him, the “reigning Mayor of St. Marks Place” and “punk rock’s unofficial shopkeeper.”
“I don’t feel sure of many things in life, but I’m sure of two: I’ll be in New York forever, and I’m never leaving Trash and Vaudeville,” he told The New Yorker in 2007. “I want to have them stuff me like — what’s it called? — taxidermy, and put me in a corner. They can rig it so someone can pull a string and I’ll say, ‘You rock,’ or ‘Tighter, tighter, those pants need to be tighter’—the things I say every day.”