Thanks for sharing, I'm sorry to hear about this.
I am sad to hear of his passing. I started to read TAS in the early 80s.I kept a copy on me where ever I went just to re-read again and again. This was at the time when the publication was a pocket size book. The article's always pulled me in with excellent reviews and especially the LP reviews of Mercs and RCA's. A little bit of my youth is gone I feel. So please R.I.P and God bless.
I have mixed feelings about Harry. He was certainly a trailblazer and a music lover. I was reading TAS from the beginning, and at that time there was really nothing like it. I think that he was easy to admire in many ways, but hard to like.
He could be imperious, stubborn and inflexible at times, and as the years passed, his direct and indirect Stereophile bashing became tiresome; especially as TAS came to look nearly the same.
Still, he wrote some major essays that contained well reasoned and deeply perceptive insights and opinions. And let's not forget that he added some descriptive words to our vocabulary.
I have to agree with Roxy 54. As a long time reader of both The Absolute Sound and Stereophile, Harry's constant sniping at Stereophile and it's staff grew tiresome. Nevertheless, I could tell that the staff at Absolute Sound had extreme respect for Harry Pearson, and his opinions on all things audio. I'm sorry to hear of his passing, just as I was sorry to hear of the passing of J.Gordon Holt, despite never having met either one.
Jack Bruce last week, and Harry Pearson this week. Let's face it, some of the people who make up the fabric of our lives are disappearing (sorry for the cliche). It certainly reminds us that we are getting older ourselves. They say it's no fun to get old, but it beats the alternative. R.I.P Harry and Jack!
RIP Harry, I too started this hobby back in the 80's and Harry's review were the best, I remember when the mag was pocket size too. those were the days. On Friday after cashing my paycheck the next stop was Discomania to check out the new Vinyl. RIP Harry and Thank You for your contribution to our hobby.
FYI, there are a couple of thoughtful, sentimental farewell articles in the January, 2015 edition of "The Absolute Sound" about Harry Pearson. There are some anecdotes by the authors of their various encounters with him. My favorite one seems to sum up Harry's opinion of himself. Jonathan Valin relates that the first time Harry Pearson called him, he told Harry that, "I feel like I'm talking to God." Harry replied, "No, God is talking to you." That says it all!