The Olivetti Chronicles

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Random House, Jun 30, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
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John Peel is best known for his four decades of radio broadcasting. His Radio 1 shows shaped the taste of successive generations of music lovers. His Radio 4 show, Home Truths, became required listening for millions. But all the while, Peel was also tapping away on his beloved Olivetti typewriter, creating copy for an array of patient editors. He wrote articles, columns and reviews for newspapers and magazines as diverse as The Listener, Oz, Gandalf's Garden, Sounds, the Observer, the Independent and Radio Times.
Now for the first time, the best of these writings have been brought together - selected by his wife, Sheila, and his four children. Music, of course, is a central and recurring theme, and he writes on music in all its forms, from Tubular Bells to Berlin punk to Madonna. Here you can read John Peel on everything from the perils of shaving to the embarrassments of virginity, and from the strange joy of Eurovision to the horror of being sick in trains. At every stage, the writing is laced with John's brilliantly acute observations on the minutiae of everyday life.
This endlessly entertaining book is essential reading for Peel fans and a reminder of just why he remains a truly great Briton.

 

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A posthumous collection of 20 years worth of writings. John Peel was a bit of a hero of mine - a true champion of music in all it's shapes and forms (and when I say all, I mean all). He had a late ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
13
Archers
26
Tony Bennett
39
Bores
52
Captain Beefheart
65
Kenny Dalglish
79
Eastern Bloc
91
Eurovision 2
105
New Years Eve
240
1975
257
Osmonds
272
The Partys Over
286
Pen Pal
301
Pink Pop
309
Public Enemy
324
Recmd Shops
343

Fab Pic Contest 2
120
The Fall
133
Glastonbury
146
Happy Mondays
159
Michael jackson
175
Knebworth
189
Frankie Laine
197
Madonna
212
Monte
226
Roadshows 2
357
Sick in Trains
370
Stanshall
385
Today Programme
400
Tubular Bells
420
Voiceovers
435
Whatever You Want
450
Robert Wyatt
463
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About the author (2011)

John Peel was born the day before the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. His 38-year career as a radio DJ is the stuff of legend and the bands he went on to discover too numerous to mention, though David Bowie, Roxy Music, T Rex, Genesis, Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths, Radiohead and the White Stripes would do as a start. He lived in Suffolk with his wife Sheila and their children William, Thomas, Alexandra and Florence, plus various dogs and cats, until his death in October 2004.

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