The Age in Melbourne has just posted a belated obituary of Geoffrey Tozer, five days after his death. It is a plodding recitation of career events, almost without incident and making no attempt to place Tozer in the context of his art and his profession. He was the foremost and most successful pianist in Australia. What is the point of buying a newspaper if it doesn’t give you that salient judgement?
In the three days since I posted the sad news of Geoffrey’s death, many hundreds of Australians – as well as others in all parts of the world – have visited this blog to learn more. Newspapers tend to moan about their industry’s parlous state. But when a famous city newspaper cannot report and comment on the death of a prominent citizen, you can see why some of them are in such trouble. I’m sorry to have to report it, but there it is.