Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Today Brietbart.com reports that the funeral for Andrew Breitbart took place today.  

Jon Kahn, a Los Angeles-based musician and close friend of Breitbart’s who often traveled with him around the country, handled many of the funeral events and said the planning of the service mirrored Breitbart's personality.

“I think there are so many moving parts, and they’re happening in a typical Andrew fashion,” he said in an early Tuesday morning interview. “I was up until 3:30 in the morning putting out fires, working on no sleep, but it’s all coming together.”

Big Government editor Mike Flynn, who is based full-time in Washington, D.C., arrived late Monday at LAX and met immediately with a team of Breitbart journalists who were congregating in a hotel restaurant off Sunset Boulevard.

“My total trips to Los Angeles before this were less than half a dozen,” he said “but I’m here for one reason and that’s Andrew’s family. That’s the only reason I’m here, to let them know that Andrew is loved and remembered.”

Earlier that evening, the company’s Editor-in-Chief, Joel Pollak, remained working beside Breitbart’s empty desk in an upstairs loft alongside editors Alex Marlow and Ben Shapiro.

Downstairs, Breitbart staff members, contributors, and friends--including Meredith Dake, Christian Hartsock, Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, Tony Katz, Breitbart TV editor Larry O’Connor, and Big Journalism editor Dana Loesch worked on individual assignments on their laptop computers in a circle formation while listening to iTunes.
After sunset, Loesch randomly chose to play the song “King of the Mountain,” by Midnight Oil, on her laptop and Pollak shouted down from the upstairs loft: “Who is playing this song and why?”

When Loesch responded that it had been a random choice, Pollak explained quietly, “That was one of Andrew’s favorite songs.”

Breitbart was known throughout his inner circle for cherishing '80s new wave and retro music. He often listened to songs by bands like New Order, the The, the Cure, Duran Duran and his high school favorite--Devo. He sometimes distracted his fellow editors by spontaneously blasting a song from his computer and happily singing along in the newsroom while tweeting responses to his adversaries and playing air-drums.
In memory of Andrew here is “King of the Mountain,” by Midnight Oil

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