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The Peel Sessions: A story of teenage dreams and one man's love of new music Paperback – 4 Oct 2007
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"The book that true fans...have been waiting for. A truly fascinating read...this is a book to devour and pore over at your leisure" (Metro - Non-fiction book of the week *****)
"The definitive word on Peel as champion of new music" (Q Magazine - ****)
"There is no better book about Peel available...combines rigour and precision with style and accessibility...a compelling tale about music on the airwaves" (Glasgow Herald)
"Encyclopaedic" (Sunday Express - ****)
"Top Ten Rock Books: - Number One: The Peel Sessions (24/10/07)" (The Independent)
The first book to look at John Peel's extraordinary contribution to this country's musical landscape.See all Product description
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Radio One session called "In Session Tonight". Long out of print and still much
sought after, the book tied in with BBC Radio One's 25th anniversary and along with
telling the story of the station and it's commitment to live music, the book also
contained an almost complete list of sessions recorded and broadcast from when the
station opened in September 1967 to September 1992. The lion's share of these were
recorded for the legendary John Peel, and now with Radio One celebrating forty years
on air, Garner has bought the story up to date with the publication of "The Peel
Unlike his previous book, this one concentrates solely on the work of the late great
John Peel, and is without doubt one of the finest tributes to him that has yet appeared.
Using material published in the original book, but altered where necessary for
obvious reasons, Garner traces the rise of the Peel programme and it's hosts never-
ending quest to find and champion new music. The Peel Session became a mark of
respect, and there have been few bands outside of the pop mainstream that have not
recorded at least one for the programme.
The first half of the book is littered with stories and anecdotes from various classic
sessions and even a few memories supplied by listeners, not to mention some
wonderful photos of both Peel and various bands. One should also not forget the
programme's many producers from the irreplaceable John Walters (R.I.P.) to Alison
Howe, Anita Kamath and Louise Kattenhorn, plus of course Bernie Andrews who did
so much to support Peel in his early days at Radio One when a lot of the BBC management wanted him out.
Garner continues the story from it's original signing-off point in 1992 up to it's sad
conclusion with the death of John Peel in October 2004 and the end of an
extraordinary era of British radio history.
The second half of the book is a trainspotters delight; a full A-Z list of every Peel
Session from 1967-2004, and a full list of every Radio One programme Peel hosted to
show where the session's fitted in. Garner admits that he did this list originally to help
in his research and then decided to include it in the book. That's not all; there is also a
full list of the legendary Festive Fifty's including the `missing' list from 1977 and the
Peelenium list from 1999/2000.
This exhaustive but never less than fascinating book is going to become an essential
reference work and surely must be the last word on John Peel the broadcaster and
"teenager's friend"! If you own the original "In Session Tonight" then "The Peel
Sessions" is an essential companion piece.
It is easy to see why the "Session' remained at the heart of the Peel programme. They provided help to a myriad of new, often unrecorded, artists, and offered an enduring platform for those talents not cursed with the trappings of conventional stardom. Each session was lovingly (and in some cases grudgingly) crafted by a procession of engineers and producers, with John Peel providing a blend of fatherly advice and boyish excitement that spanned 5 decades.
Some might argue that John Peel would not have welcomed this backward looking introspection. I think not. At its heart, it is a celebration: a celebration of those who simply love to listen to new music, of musicians who love to create it, and above all those few unique individuals exemplified by Peel whose passion and skill bring the two together.
Open up the shoebox, take out a C90 at random, and spend an hour or two immersed in this book. Trust me, it will be time and money very well spent.
For me, the most refreshing thing is we now have a book that is solely dedicated to accurately representing the story of John Peel's show from start to finish - the one thing he did that really matters. Personally, as a Peel show disciple, I started to get frustrated at the misrepresentations of the show following his death (e.g. some obituaries made it sound like opportunity knocks for indie acts) along with the focus on other less important aspects of his life (yeah yeah, National Service, Home Truths, zzzz...). If you feel the same, if you treat your lovingly compiled C90 Peel tapes like the crown jewels, this is the only Peel book you'll ever need.
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