Journalist, songwriter, and musician Peter Cooper has passed away at the age of 52.
The Tennessean reports:
Peter Cooper, an award-winning country music journalist and Grammy-nominated musician, died Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn. after suffering a head injury from a fall. He was 52.
A native of South Carolina, Cooper moved to Nashville in the year 2000, joining The Tennessean as a music writer. He soon established himself as a brilliant, unmistakable voice in country music criticism, filling his stories with earned insight, gentle wit and a well-placed baseball reference.
This is such a tremendous loss for the songwriting and musician communities within country music, and it’s an especially devastating blow to country music journalism. Perhaps Cooper’s own talent as an artist gave him additional insights that helped make his writing so powerful. His writing has always been inspirational, aspirational, and undeniably essential. His insights, combined with his talents, made him the perfect steward of the Country Music Hall of Fame in recent years.
The article from the Tennessean highlighted his philosophy on writing about music, and all of us should print it out and place it somewhere prominent:
“Now, for sure, you need a good bullshit detector, and you shouldn’t rant, and you shouldn’t cheerlead.
“But objectivity is dispassionate. And we’re in the passion business. We’re trying to make people feel something different than what they felt before they read our words.”
Words to live by, as Peter Cooper did.
Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fans.
Please consider donating to the fund set up for his son’s education, as shared in the article above:
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either the Baker Cooper fund to support Peter’s son’s education, or the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, supporting their cultural organization’s educational mission.
Send donations to:
Baker Cooper c/o Wells Fargo Bank
1712 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203