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01 Apr 2015


Obituary: Jeannette Therese Obstoj – 5th June 1949 – 26th March 2015—

Jeanette Obstoj

It is with great sadness that Mute Song announces Jeannette Obstoj passed away on Thursday 26th March 2015 after a short and sudden illness. Jeannette was an extraordinary talent, a lyricist, video-maker, poet, painter and graphic artist who wrote songs for Tina Turner, Wilson Phillips, The Fixx, Dusty Springfield and Rupert Hine amongst many others. Jeannette’s work was instrumental in shaping the artistic vision and direction of her collaborators and she leaves behind a body of work that expresses her humour, creativity and love as well as representing progressive and often challenging views and ideas.

In her formative years Jeannette had a passion for painting and produced numerous works expressing her extraordinary imagination, humour and love of animals before she morphed into a brilliant and prolific lyricist and film director/producer.

Jeannette acted as Director/Co-Producer for Rupert Hine’s “Surface Tension”, “Misplaced Love”, “The Setup”. Thinkman’s “Best Adventures” and for The Fixx: “Less Cities More Moving People” “Stand Or Fall” “One Thing Leads To Another”. Jeannette also created LP sleeve artwork for many of the band’s she worked with often acting as artistic director.

Jeannette’s creative impact and legacy span a number of decades and her loss is felt very greatly by all who have been touched by her life and work.

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