The Olivetti Chronicles: Notes On Life, Music And Facial Hair
“John Peel, best known for his four decades of music-scene radio broadcasting, was all the while committing his laconic brilliance to paper in articles and reviews. Selections of these writings amount to a second autobiography.”
– source: Random House
“The articles were personally selected by Peel’s wife Sheila, and feature musings on Tubular Bells, Eurovision, shaving and the loss of virginity.”
– source: NME
The book is due to appear either, October or November, depending on which of the above two sources you choose to place your faith. Although the guardian does seem to share the NME’s optimism for October 23rd. This would coincide with the annual John Peel Day, so is probably the more likely. But this doesn’t stop Am*zon being the most adventurous of all by declaring September!
“John Peel is best known for his four decades of radio broadcasting. His Radio 1 shows pretty much defined popular culture as it emerged and shaped the taste of successive generations of music lovers. His Radio 4 show, “Home Truths”, became required listening for millions. But all the while, Peel was also committing his laconic brilliance to paper, in articles and reviews for newspapers and magazines, his diaries and his letters. Now for the first time, these writings have been brought together. Selected by his wife, Sheila, and his four children, these writings amount to a second autobiography, telling the John Peel story as it happened. From his earliest journalism – and, as Peel admitted in the original synopsis of his autobiography: ‘starting with crap pieces (opportunities for hilarious quotes from same “clouds are poems written in the sky”)’, he also wrote contributions for “International Times”, “Oz”, “Gandalf’s Garden” and “Disc and Music Echo”, then “Sounds”, the “Observer”, the “Independent”, “Radio Times” and he was even briefly a correspondent for “Bike” magazine.
Woven through these pieces are Peel’s diary entries, letters and personal reflections from his family who are the subject of so many of them. This extraordinary, hilarious and moving book is a reminder of just why John Peel remains a truly great Briton and how much we still miss him.”
– source: Am*zon