Bob Cobbing, the internationally-celebrated soundtext poet, performer and publisher, died in the early hours of Sunday 29th September 2002. This is a quick page of photographs assembled in Bob's memory; some writing about Bob can be found elsewhere on this site, and a page of tributes has been posted on the Lollipop website. My thoughts are with Jennifer, and with Bob's family and friends.
Bob on the web (as of 23rd December 2010):
Jennifer Pike and Bob Cobbing, London, 18th March 1995. I took this photograph after reading in London for the first time, at one of Bob's Writers Forum workshops.
Bob later produced the above photocopy treatment of the photograph, which was used as the editorial of issue 6 of Object Permanence magazine.
This photograph was taken the same day, and shows (l-r): Robert Sheppard, Stephen Farrell Sheppard, Bob Cobbing and A.W. Kindness.
Bob Cobbing and Peter Manson, Writers Forum Workshop, The Victoria, Mornington Place, London, 18th March 1995 (photograph by Eilidh Whiteford).
Lawrence Upton and Bob Cobbing performing at the London Artists' Book Fair, late 2000 or early 2001. Photograph by Ursa Deniflee, courtesy of Elizabeth James.
...and another photograph of the same event.
I don't know who took this photograph of Bob and Jennifer at a poetry festival in the mid-1960s. It was given to me by the poet Hayden Murphy.
(l-r): dom silvester houédard, Pete Brown, Bob Cobbing and Ernst Jandl performing the Kurt Schwitters sound poem Fury of Sneezing at Arlington Mill, Bibury, Gloucester, June 1966. This photograph appeared, courtesy of Hayden Murphy, in issue 4 of Object Permanence magazine.
Bob and Maggie O'Sullivan reading from O'Sullivan's A Natural History in 3 Incomplete Parts at the London Musicians Collective, 9th September 1985. Photo courtesy of Maggie O'Sullivan.