John Peel

John Peel

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John Peel was born in Cheshire in 1939 and, after National Service, he eventually went into broadcasting while travelling in America, where his Liverpool accent convinced them he must know the Beatles, and he was even present when Lee Harvey Oswald was shot. In 1967 he returned to the UK and joined Radio One at its start. His late-night radio shows were cult listening for music fans of all ages, and many bands admit that without his support, they would never have made it. While Radio One changed, he remained a constant factor in its schedules, and in 1998 he was awarded the OBE for his services to broadcasting. It was in that year that he also began his multi-award-winning show Home Truths on Radio Four. Mick Wall tells the story of arguably the most influential man in the history of British rock music, speaking to those who knew him well to build up a complete portrait of this hugely popular more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 297 x 23mm | 310g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 16
  • 0752876740
  • 9780752876740

About Mick Wall

Mick Wall was the founding editor of Classic Rock Magazine. He's the author of numerous music titles, including books on Iron Maiden, Don Arden and Black Sabbath. He ghosted XS All Areas: the autobiography of Status Quo, and is a former dj on Capital Radio. In the late eighties he was a regular guest on Andy Kershaw's Radio 1 show -- it was then, one night at the BBC that he first bumped into John Peel. Peel helpfully showed him how to use the coffee more

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'This excellent biography ... paints an affectionate portrait of this unpretentious, humorous presenter who seems to have been loved by everyone who met him.' SUNDAY TIMES 'Wall's book pays fair tribute to a man who, everyone agreed, was just a really decent bloke.' BIRMINGHAM POST 'This is a warm, affectionate, well-researched book, written by a fan to share with other fans.' LEICESTER MERCURY '[a] poignant tribute to arguably the most influential man in the history of British rock music.' DAILY POST (WALES) 'This is a warm, affectionate, well-written, well-researched book, written by a fan to share with other fans.' SUNDERLAND ECHOshow more

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