Margrave Of The Marshes Paperback – 3 Jul 2006
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"Pure Peel...This magnificent book is the real thing...Essential reading" (Sunday Times)
"As with the man himself ... there's the surprising, the cosy ... and the fascinating." (GQ)
"A rich and technicolor 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" (The Times)
"... Tender and acute ... underlines the one truth that Peel understood better than anyone ... [what] really mattered was the music." (Independent on Sunday)
"Sparkling with the warmth and dry wit that made Peel nothing short of a national treasure, it's a timely reminder of a man who crossed the radio divides" (Daily Mail)
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To say this man was a consistent hero in my life should tell you something, that his contradiction in character from the music he loved and the family life he lived provided and provides a unique insight into music and times of 20th Century culture in the UK.
This is a book written by him and continued by his wife in the style and honesty that if you were fortunate to have listened to broadcasts first hand does not disappoint and leaves you happy that it is always time well spent.
To others who want to understand more about the general subject of English life then I can think of no better starting point as it is written in his engaging style, honest and without patronising it stimulates further interest in the material it covers which is diverse.
At the gigs he attended, quietly standing at the bar, you wished that you had had the chance to go over and say hello, this book is a record of what you might of learned further if you had been brave enough to do it, or had not wanted to interrupt his enjoyment of music he truly loved to love.
A great read that fills a hole in the void that he leaves in modern pop culture, knowing that his roots go back to the earliest pop and rock records of the 50's, and knowing that he was always down to earth as a result of this depth, you will perhaps understand why he is sorely missed. And if you do already you might a little less.
I can't write a book review in a style he would approve of, or would have liked to! But there it is, hope it encourages you to read this great book.
I felt in the early part of the read that John was talking to me. The second part has a totally different feel but is stil to be commended.
A tremendous tribute to a wondeful man and a highly enjoyable read.
Definitely one for the bookcase and a second or third read.
I have to say this is a superb piece of work. It's witty, informative, sad and in places hilariously funny. The first half was written by John himself and takes us to the time when he started DJing in the US in the early to mid sixties. It is excellently written and conveys, in the same way as he always did on the radio, that John was really just an ordinary bloke, what you saw (heard) was the real man.
The second half of the book was written by his wife, Sheila with help from their kids and it perfectly blends and complements John's writing in the first half. It really is an excellent read and at the end so very, very sad.
I would recommend anybody to read this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not just John's but a path through the life of all of us who grew up with him on the radio.Published 8 months ago by C & J
so sad that this is a really poor read. John's part is tedious and (again sadly) quite self congratulatory but things take a definite turn for the worse after his death and his... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Peter Pendragon
This is a superb read about the most influential DJ we are ever likely to know. Without him much popular and relatively unknown music would never have been heard. Read morePublished 19 months ago by John Bickerstaffe
An enjoyable book, especially for those, like me, who have listened to his music programmes on and off throughout my teens and on into the rimed depth of a ripe old age. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Eileen Shaw
very difficult to follow and the sentences just leaving you feeling lost as they are far too long!
This is the first book I have not finished - and thats a shame!
This was not the best autobiography I have ever read although it wasn't the worst either, In hindsight I probably wouldn't have bought it if I had known.Published on 19 Oct. 2013 by Jennifermwhit