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John Peel: A Life in Music Paperback – 24 Mar 2005


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd; New edition edition (24 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843171570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843171577
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 956,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Michael Heatley's book is quite simply, stunning.' Clive Selwood, Sunday Times; 'A worthy tribute to a man who became a national institution.' Sam Wostear, The Sun; 'A well-written, affectionate tribute to one of Britain's best-loved entertainers.' Sunday Express"

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Music historian Michael Heatley has edited a number of respected books and magazines in his field. He currently writes for HMV Choice, Guitar and Bass, Record Collector and Classic Rock. Like Peel, Heatley was born and bred in Merseyside, and spent his youth on the Anfield terraces, as well as listening avidly to Top Gear on Radio One.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greg Farefield-Rose on 21 July 2006
Format: Paperback
A Life In Music is essentially a fans' biography of the great man without direct interviews with the major players in his life. Consequently it's mostly a cut-and-paste job which is fine though the 80s and 90s in particular are largely a list of great bands to whom Peel gave a break rather than any insight into the man himself.

Clearly a fan, Heatley's book is well researched from secondary sources and deserves the praise of all list-makers for including Peel's Festive 50s from 1976 to 2003 as an appendix. This slimmish volume is well worth reading though any real fans will also want to read Peel's eagerly awaited Margrave Of The Marshes autobiography as well.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Fenton on 28 Dec. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Perhaps not the most in-depth biography but an affectionate and entertaining read that occasionally relies a little too much on quoting from other peoples books (particularly "In Session Tonight: Complete Radio 1 Recordings" Ken Garner).
Also included are the complete festive fifties from '77 onwards, of great interest to fans.
Recommended, a nice tribute to a truly great man.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Dec. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought this one over the other one as i preferred the cover, and am glad i did! It covered most of John's life in really good detail, and had lots of early stuff about his time in america which is something i was interested in, as well as his time at the bbc and how he started off loads of great bands. While i'm not a big reader i really enjoyed reading this book as it told me loads of things i didn't know. Reccomended!!
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