owned the music store Spins
(USA) and promoted parties
in Greensboro, NC (USA)and the surrounding region until August of 1999. He was murdered
, on 16 August 1999
, in his home for something tasteless
What his murderers
failed to understand , apart from the sanctity of life
, was Ed's impact
on the people
living and raving in the region, and the people who traveled to the region to attend parties
and buy records
and dj equipment
at his store.
LeBrun began promoting parties in the very early 90s
. Some of his parties took place in an automobile trim shop
and are fondly referred to as The Trim Shop Parties
by old school ravers
now. He also instigated the Masquerave
parties which were held at Halloween
time. The first two, Masquerave I and II, were held at the trim shop, subsequent Masqueraves were held at Babylon.
Under his promotion company UNITY
, his parties grew to be an ongoing event
called First Friday
, which was a collaboration with Babylon
, a local nightclub in Greensboro, which shut its doors in May 2000.
The first First Friday was in June 1994, the last First Friday was held May 2000. Ed had many faithful friends, and they continued the parties in his honor as long as they could.
So what did Ed leave as his legacy
? Well, probably thousands of close friendships
at his events. I met my spouse
at the August 1994 First Friday.
Aside from all the individual human relationships
he touched, he fostered
many a budding dj
struggling to figure out the music
, the equipment
, the scene
, and the lust
Ed's family was Jewish and he is burried in a Jewish cemetery here in Greensboro.
Spins, his store, is still open and he is still fostering budding djs, in a way. The same people work there and continue to promote the music ideals he strived to bring to our area. It's an uphill battle, the scene effectively died when he did. It just took a little longer to fade away.
Edit: Spins is closed now. 12-25-2007
Any loss of human life is terrible, but somehow, it just seems worse when its someone like Ed.