I didn't know Daniel or have the chance to attend a Stones show with him, but thanks to one of those little coincidences that life sometimes throws at us, I've gotten a glimpse of how he touched the people in his life.
With the recent passing of James Phelge, I realized that I'd never gotten a copy of his book to add to my Stones library. I found a copy in "very good" condition on Amazon Marketplace and placed my order. The book came to me from Half Price Books (a popular chain of used book stores here in the States) and it was in great condition as promised. But, what intrigued me most was the inscription on the inside front cover.
It was from "Marie" to her "Stones brother" Daniel Teafoe on the occasion of his 52nd birthday in July 2007. She wrote how much she was looking forward to seeing the Stones with him at the London O2 later that summer for the final shows of the Bigger Bang Tour.
Whenever I get a used book with a personalized inscription, I consider it a little bonus--a chance to wonder about the lives of the gifter and the recipient. At the same time, there's a bit of sadness, too. I assume that the book's owner has passed away, because I cannot imagine anything short of a massive falling-out with the giver that would cause someone to part with such a personalized memento. A quick Google search filled in some of Daniel's story.
I found his obituary, which mentioned his "beloved Rolling Stones," and this IORR tribute page. I also found a couple of websites that feature his wonderful photography, including shots he'd taken at various Stones shows over the years. He really had an eye for color and composition. His photographs were from all over the world and included many photos of Daniel smiling and laughing with friends.
To any friends of Daniel's: my deepest condolences on your loss. His copy of "Nankering with the Stones" is safe and sound on my bookshelf, surrounded by many other Stones books. I'll take good care of it and treat it with a bit of extra reverence knowing that it belonged to such a talented and fondly remembered man.
Rest in peace, Daniel.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2023-09-18 18:49 by TheBadRabbit.