Wednesday, November 26, 2008

PRobit: Rob Partridge

The death has been announced of Rob Partridge, music PR.

Partridge started out writing for Music Week and the Melody Maker in the 1970s, before jumping the divide to work in PR. He started at Island in 1977, moving swiftly from head of press to a seat on the board, working to build the careers of - amongst others - Bob Marley, Kid Creole and U2. When he left to go solo in 1990, he took the press handling of the Marley estate with him to Partridge & Storey, and continued to represent the estate until 1997.

His original partner in Partridge & Storey - which became Coalition on moving offices. Neil Storey left the company in 1996 and in 1999, the organisation branched out into management.

Rob Partridge, who was 60, is survived by his wife. He had been ill with cancer for some time.

[UPDATED with corrections to Partridge & Storey section, 27-11-08]


Anonymous said...

hello... Rob and I ran the Island Press Office for many years...

He and I set up Partridge & Storey the day Margaret Thatcher resigned...

The company became known as Coalition approximately three years later - when, in fact, we moved offices.

I left to found my own management company in 1996.

IF you're going to blog - please do get your facts straight.

Neil Storey.

Simon Hayes Budgen said...

Sorry, Neil - I'd misread the dates in Billboard's piece and subtracted the wrong year from the wrong year. My apologies.

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