Respected English music and film journalist and author Phil Hardy died on Tuesday (April 8) in Norfolk, at the age of 69. Hardy was widely known throughout the music industry for his many books, as founder of the long-running publication Music & Copyright, and as an in-demand speaker and moderator at international conferences.
Launched as a biweekly newsletter by the Financial Times in 1992, Music & Copyright soon established itself with an authoritative mix of news, analysis and data, and was widely read both in the upper echelons of the business and in government and cultural circles. Now published by Informa Telecoms & Media, the title celebrated its 500th issue last month.
Born in Scarborough, Yorkshire in 1945, Hardy studied at the University of Sussex and the University of California, Berkeley. After founding The Brighton Film Review, he wrote for such publications as Variety and London listings magazine Time Out. He also acted as a consultant on music business matters for bodies such as the World Bank and the Greater London Enterprise Board.