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John Peel: A Life in Music

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In this biography Michael Heatley traces Peel's life from his early underground days on pirate radio through his maverick career at Radio One. ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 30th 2004 by Michael O'Mara Books Ltd (first published 2004)
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Pete daPixie
John Peel was essential listening for me every Sunday afternoon in the late sixties. His BBC radio programme provided the underground and eclectic sounds that I could record onto a small reel to reel tape machine. 'John Peel-A Life In Music' was published in 2004, and as the man himself passed away in October of that year, this short little book could be seen as another of those 'cashing in' biographies. However, Michael Heatley's treatment of his subject is certainly affectionate and something ...more
Phil Tall
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have this memory of John that sticks in my mind from the early eighties and I can hear his voice say " here is a song from the Neon Babies" and I'm lying there in bed listening and thinking weird name! Weird band! Book is a great read! RIP John ...more
Mar 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: biographies
I read this book while I was waiting for "Margrave of the Marshes", John's autobiography, to be published. It is a reasonable enough biography of John by Michael Heatley, and worth having as it has John's "Festive Fifty" at the back, his favourite music spanning over 30 years from 1976. ...more
Alan Parker
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was one of those white grammar school boys who grew up with John Peel. I first hated then learnt to love so many different kinds of music thanks to John: Captain Beefheart, Roy Harper, irish folk, english folk (Billy Pigg, king of Northumbrian pipers anyone?) , krautrock, reggae, punk, african music, etc. No-one was anything like him. This book is a good biography tracking his career.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography
RIP John Peel.
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Martin Sharp
Thoroughly enjoyed this one,
a good insight into the world of one of my heroes and inspirations.
No one can ever be like him or replace him.
R.I.P. John you legend
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A good read about a great man, much missed.
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Michael Heatley is the author or editor of over thirty biographies, including Backstreet Boys: The Unofficial Book, Bon Jovi: In Their Own Words and Rolf Harris: The Most Talented Man In The World. In 1995, he wrote the liner notes to Rolf's best-selling album Rolf Rules OK!

Since 1977 he has written more than a hundred music, sport and TV books.

He has written for magazines including Privileged Vie

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