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John Peel 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 B... Full description

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I Couldn't Wait 13 Dec. 2008
By MEK - Published on Amazon.com
for this to put on the shelves in the US so I ordered my copy from a UK shop.
Was a funny and bittersweet insight into my favorite voice on the radio.
Years spent listening to Peelie via internet at odd hours here in the States, collecting the Peel Sessions... Peel formed my youth and adult life by championing the champions of music.
Best to read about his life in his and his family's own words (and getting to the point where his are cut short is just as jarring and upsetting as hearing the news back in Oct '04).
John would probably be embarrassed by a five star review but here it is.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Real Deal 21 Jan. 2008
By S. Enenkel - Published on Amazon.com
Having been one of the girls who was mesmerized by John Ravenscroft when I was 14 and a Beatlemaniac in Dallas, imagine my surprise to find out how famous he had become. Although he had a virtual throng of young ladies eager to spend time with anyone remotely connected with the Beatles I found him be quite the gentleman whenever we were together. I remember him playing the Stones and telling me that someday they would be as big as the Beatles. It was a pleasure reading about his life with Sheila and a little bittersweet that his life ended too soon.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
John's Life 'Peeled' away !! 12 Jan. 2009
By Paul A. Kirwan - Published on Amazon.com
A beautifully written account of the life and thoughts of one of the UK's most popular DJ's. This book is written in two halves. The first half is in the words of Peel himself, and due to his untimely death, he never got to complete the full autobiography. His wife Sheila Ravenscroft narrates the second half. This is an unusual way to have completed the book, but it works and both parties can be proud of their literary skills. The book charts Peels life through his tough unbringing, difficult parential relationship, his time in the army and his five years overseas in his own words. His wife picks up the latter years but also gives an insight into their life together. I must admit to never actually listening to his radio shows (they were a little before my time) but was quite familiar with his reputation of breaking through and discovering new music. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it will appeal to any music lover. It is well written and I think that John would be proud of the final draft even if he is in another heavenly place.
Half-Peeled, but still tasty 25 July 2013
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
Ah, to think what this book could have been. As you probably know John Peel died before he could finish this memoir, which is a shame because in the 165 pages that he does write, Peele proves to be a very engaging, very self-deprecating, and very funny writer. Die-hard Peel fans and music addicts may also be disappointed that most of these chapters focus on his childhood and young adulthood period, including the years that he spent living and working in the US state of Texas in the early 1960s (Peel writes one amazing account about meeting JFK in Dallas!). So, what made Peel most famous --- his years as a BBC disc jockey and influential music tastemaker --- is not covered by the man himself. But even in those 165 pages, Peel offers many examples of what influenced and powered his love for music.

But the music does not entirely die with the end of Peel's contributions to this book. His widow, Sheila Ravenscroft, does an outstanding job of filling in the resultant blanks, plus she uses portions of Peel's diary to recount various events, incidents, and personalities that he meets over the years as a DJ. His close friendship, and later falling out, with Marc Bolan of T.Rex, is one especially fascinating passage. Of course we all could have wished for a "complete" John Peel memoir, and lots more music observations, but given the situation and limitations, I feel that Sheila did a most commendable job of finishing this book and making it as interesting as it was. And frankly, she's a darn good writer too. Sympathetic, observant, and funny. No wonder she and John were such a devoted couple.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
too much personal info, little music info 16 Nov. 2011
By Richard C. Nicholls - Published on Amazon.com
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I stopped reading this once I discovered it was more of a love memoir from Peel's wife than a biography of his brilliant life as a dj.
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