John Peel

John Peel : Margrave of the Marshes

By (author) Sheila Ravenscroft , By (author) John Peel , Foreword by Jack White


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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 1968until 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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  • Paperback | 420 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 25.4mm | 680.4g
  • 01 Jun 2007
  • Chicago Review Press
  • Chicago, IL
  • English
  • 1556526520
  • 9781556526527
  • 482,642

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John Peel was the most influential radio DJ in the United Kingdomfor more than 35 years. Sheila Ravenscroft married Peel in 1974.Jack White is a Grammy-winning rock musician, singer, music producer, and actor. He is best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist of the rock duo The White Stripes."

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"A fascinating story of one man's enduring love affair with rock and roll." --"Mojo"

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