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Phil Hardy, 1945-2014

Dave Laing, The Guardian, 25 April 2014

THE LATE 1960s and the '70s saw a sea change in media coverage of popular culture, especially cinema and music. Film reviewers and pop journalists were joined by movie critics and rock writers, who brought scholarly rigour to the study and interpretation of films and songs. One of the most influential of this new breed was Phil Hardy, who has died aged 69 after a heart attack. Phil was a pioneering writer and encyclopaedia editor, and in later years a respected and independent-minded commentator on the international music business.

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