Ed Barber RIP

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I pinched this photo from today’s Guardian, obituary page. Ed became a well-known documentary photographer, mostly of ‘ordinary’ people, often with a broadly left-wing political view. So, you ask, why on the Pompey Pop Blog? Because Ed was born in Pompey in May 1949, grew up here and went to the old Southern Grammar. In the late 1960s he was a drummer playing with one or two local blues bands, one called Chicago’s Insolence (maybe with guitarist Colin Dowsett?). Sharing his fondness for the blues, I knew Ed briefly, although I never saw  him after he sold his drums, bought a camera, studied as a mature student and moved to London, where, from the scale of this obituary, he clearly made some kind of impact.

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Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

One thought on “Ed Barber RIP

  1. I didn’t know Ed personally but he was best man to my good friend and musical buddy Derek Ray when he married his first wife in 1969. I’ve known Derek since early 1972 so Ed must have left the area over 45 years ago as he wasn’t around then. Colin Dowsett would definitely have known him .

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