Bob Briggs - obituary
We regret to announce the death this month of our concerts and recordings reviewer Bob Briggs [1954 – December 2011] , a knowledgeable expert on music's byways and a "character" who contributed some 50 valued pieces to Musical Pointers.
I offer our readers a link to Bob's full obituary in Seen&Heard - the live music journal section of Music Web, which I launched in 1999 at a time when serious music was being squeezed out of the Paper Press, and which has continued to thrive on line under successive Editors since my time.
The difficulties in maintaining specialist reviewing continues to increase inexorably in the country's difficult situation for the Arts.
It has recently been compounded by the reluctance of some concert promoters and venues to support regular internet critics, their service one which is largely unpaid, which loyal contributors such as Bob Briggs accepted in good part.
Peter Grahame Woolf
Photo: Bob Briggs with John McCabe [Photo © Melinda Bridges-Briggs]