John Peel: Margrave of the MarshesPaperback
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- Publisher: Chicago Review Press
- Format: Paperback | 420 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 25mm | 680g
- Publication date: 1 June 2007
- Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
- ISBN 10: 1556526520
- ISBN 13: 9781556526527
- Sales rank: 535,517
When he died in 2004, John Peel was in the middle of writing his memoir, which was completed by his wife, Sheila Ravenscroft, with help from their four children. His compelling autobiography details his life as the most influential DJ in rock history. At BBC's Radio 1, Peel helmed his own show from 1968 until his death, and first introduced UK listeners to reggae, punk, and hip-hop. T-Rex, David Bowie, the Faces, the Sex Pistols, Fairport Convention, Pink Floyd, the Clash, the Buzzcocks, the Cure, Joy Division, the Wedding Present, Def Leppard, Pulp, the Smiths, and the White Stripes have all credited Peel as a major boost to their careers. This intimate portrait of the man and his music provides firsthand remembrances of many of these acts and illuminates how this modest and unassuming man singlehandedly changed the course of rock'n'roll.
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"A rich and technicolour life . . . The joy of this book comes from something more than spiky anecdotage, delicious though it is . . . the evocation of an age is so sharp. . . . An excellent read." --"The Times "