It is with great sadness
that we announce the passing of Colin Cooper, Editor of Classical Guitar magazine in London. Colin was a pervasive voice
in the guitar world, regularly interviewing artists and writing columns for Classical Guitar. He suffered a massive
stroke on the evening of August 24, 2012 and was rushed immediately to the
hospital. Colin died shortly after with his family at his side. More details
regarding funeral services are forthcoming.
Born in Birkenhead, England
in 1926, Colin Cooper was a WWII veteran, an amateur violinist, a playwright
and novelist, an avid golfer, and a guitarist. He worked for a steel
construction company after he was released from military service in 1947 while
beginning his career as a writer. Fascinated by human dialogue, he settled into
playwriting and wrote various dramas for BBC radio while working on his novels.
Colin first encountered the
guitar through the BBC's airplay of Segovia's early recordings. He
began teaching himself guitar in 1962 as a break from long hours at the
typewriter, and later took lessons with Dave Alcock and George Clinton. He
eventually began teaching guitar himself, both privately and at the London
Education Authority's Adult Education. In 1972, Colin and George Clinton founded Guitar magazine. Around the same time, Colin started a printing business called Alley Press, wrote a monthly column
for the Japanese guitar magazine, Gendai
Guitar, and continued teaching.
In 1982, Colin became full-time News Editor for Classical Guitar, a new magazine which he joined Maurice Summerfield in founding. Colin devoted himself to this
endeavor with all his energy, along with his fellow colleagues John Duarte,
Graham Wade, Neil Smith, and Harvey Hope. He was called on frequently as an
adjudicator at international guitar competitions; he also lectured on British
guitar history and continued teaching while working for the magazine. He once
wrote, "It might be fair to say that I am a writer who was seduced by the
power of music and became its servant rather than its master."
At the age of 82, Colin
wrote his first book about music, Did
They Like Me?, published by Doberman-Yppan in Montreal. He is survived by
his wife Maureen, his two sons, Dan and Ben, and his grandson Joe.