The Olivetti Chronicles Paperback – 21 May 2009
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"As warm and funny as the man himself." (Choice Magazine)
"Fit to burst with colourful commentary... he crams in references to music that will have you in hysterics over his sumptuously structured prose." (Martha De Lacey, London Lite)
"What makes the Olivetti Chronicles stand out is that it contains his voice rather than anyone else's... It helps (and is entertaining) to imagine Peel speaking these pieces, and then they become very fine indeed." (Metro)
"This entertaining book is essential reading for Peel fans." (Zavvi music book reviews)
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John's writing style matured with him; some of the early pieces are very much of their time, with bizarre phrases thrown in at random. John never missed the chance to talk football, specifically Liverpool, so many pieces lead one unexpectedly in that direction. There is a good index, which will no doubt prove useful as one tries to track down an amusing comment to read again.
Margrave of the Marshes, John's biography, was and is a wonderful book, all the more remarkable for being only partially written by John. This is pure John. I couldn't help wondering if there would be more to come. Not too many of John's Radio Times columns were featured, and I can remember that they were the reason I chose the RT over 'the other listings magazines that are available'. Many weeks I wiped away tears at John's musings. Could the family - or the BBC - have something else yet to come for us?
So named after the defunct , superannuated typewriter on which the late ,lamented John Peel – DJ Extraordinaire – wrote his articles on contemporary music , his visitations to music festivals and gigs and other sundry items ( ofetn of a personal nature and particularly relating to Liverpool football club).
This is a collection of such writings , lovingly assembled by his wife (aka Pig) and the family. They are ordered alphabetically rather than chronologically and sadly ( or sensibly) omit John’s early 60’s scribbling for the flower power journals
Whereas his autobiography ( Margrave of the Marshes) – initially from his memories up until his death in 2004 in Peru ( then completed by his family) – covers the structure of his life , this book collects together his scribbling and thoughts published in short articles – a worthy supplement giving insights into the strengths , weaknesses and prejudices of a simple man who did great things by ignoring the conventional “hyping” of established bands and artists , giving new bands their chance at fame and introducing the rest of us peasants to new possibilities in music.
Well worth a read ( illuminating and often very amusing) and a worthy supplement to “ Margrave of the Marshes”
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A perfect collection from the great man's type-fingers.
Great, just great. Like reading the writings of an old friend. If you have any interest whatsoever in John Peel, or music, don't hesitate. Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2014 by T. Mcclymont
The short article is a difficult form to master, or even manage tolerably, if the evidence of books in my collection is anything to go by. Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2013 by Mark Vardy
Thoroughly enjoyable read, (but I still think the articles would have been better if presented in chronological order). Read morePublished on 18 Sept. 2013 by R. Gatfield
I was really unaware of John Peel's writing until my brother in law gave me one of his books at Christmas - I so enjoyed it I bought this one.Published on 17 May 2013 by LizSomerset
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