Forbes profiled the rise in sales of Aaliyah related merchandise following her tragic death on August 25. Speaking with Trinity University sociology professor Michael Kearl, he pointed out, “There’s a curious relationship between death and rock ‘n’ roll. Rock ‘n’ roll plays with all taboo topics, which inevitably include sex and death. Look at all the bands that have death in their names–the Grateful Dead, Dead Kennedys–and there are countless rock songs about death.”
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