R.I.P., Paul Raven and Richard Cook

Paul Raven, who helped forge what we know today as industrial music — merging electronic effects and trenchant, metallic rock — during stints with the bands Killing Joke, Ministry and Prong, passed away in his sleep on October 21 at the age of 46. He was in Geneva, recording with the band Treponem Pal, which includes Prong drummer Ted Parsons (wweek.com, kerrang.com).

Richard Cook, who edited the excellent British music magazine The Wire between 1985 and 1992, passed away on August 25. He was 50 years old. In those less-than-heady, pre-World Wide Web days, The Wire provided a musical oasis, the then rare periodical where one would regularly read about outward bound jazz and its contemporary-classical kin. This is the same Cook whose name appears, alongside that of Brian Morton, on the spines of those massive Penguin guides to jazz recordings. Tributes have been posted at the magazine’s website, thewire.co.uk (timesonline.co.uk, independent.co.uk).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *