The Olivetti Chronicles: Three Decades of Life and Music

The Olivetti Chronicles: Three Decades of Life and Music

John Peel

Language: English

Pages: 480

ISBN: 055215704X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Olivetti Chronicles: Three Decades of Life and Music

John Peel

Language: English

Pages: 480

ISBN: 055215704X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


John Peel radio shows were required listening for millions, shaping the taste of successive generations of music lovers. But all the while he was DJ-ing, Peel was also tapping away on his beloved Olivetti typewriter, creating copy for an array of patient editors. He wrote articles, columns, and reviews for publications as diverse as The Listener, Oz, Gandalf's Garden, Sounds, the Observer, the Independent, and Radio Times. Now for the first time, the best of these writings have been brought together—selected by his wife, Sheila, and his four children. Music, of course, is a central and recurring theme, and he writes on music in all its forms, from Tubular Bells to Berlin punk to Madonna. Here you can read John Peel on everything from the perils of shaving to the embarrassments of virginity, and from the strange joy of Eurovision to the horror of being sick in trains. At every stage, the writing is laced with John's brilliantly acute observations on the minutiae of everyday life.

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A surprise party at the ICA to celebrate John’s thirty years at Radio 1. From left to right: John, John Walters, Robert Wyatt and Kid Jensen One of the reluctant photographs taken with the family for John’s column in the Radio Times Picture Credits � Brian Moody/Rex Features � Ray Stephenson/Rex Features Jill Furmanovsky � Claudine Schafer Index The page references in this index correspond to the printed edition from which this ebook was created. To find a specific word or phrase from

house with William (A Baby). At the moment he is laughing hysterically over, as far as one can tell, nothing at all. From time to time he unleashes a shriek of pleasure so pure and high-pitched that all the creatures in the adjoining hedgerows pause and look at one another, lost in admiration at such a sound. At night the impressionable mind – which is what your Uncle John comes equipped with – can easily persuade itself that this single frightful call is summoning the shades of the long dead;

example, I bought an LP by the impressive Burning Spear. This is on the Fox label and is called Marcus Garvey but, unfortunately, the copy I have is pressed slightly off-centre so I cannot play it for you on the radio. They also brought to my attention the classic Mighty Gorgon (on Klik KL 607) by Cornell Campbell, which is currently one of my most valued singles. Intone Records assure me that they can take mail order business, so if you’re interested their address is 48 Peckham Rye, Peckham,

tow you out again come Monday and no mistake.’ And, smiling broadly, they directed me to park the shiny new Peelmobile (well, new to me anyway. One owner, 11,347 miles) in this swamp, this fen, this quagmire, this veritable everglade. (Thanks, Roget. My round, I think.) So for the remainder of the weekend your hero, together with Madge The Simple Village Maiden and Gabs The Appalling Red-Haired Sister-in-Law, had to pass to and from our mobile, chalet-styled home along a narrow plank. I can tell

introduce them on Top of the Pops. They are on the programme again and when I passed the band’s Alannah Currie on the steps down from Stage B, she fixes me with a basilisk stare. Later she invites Janice round for a meal. At 2.15 we record the Chart Rundown, for which we are out of vision, getting it right first time. Word has it that other DJs have needed as many as fourteen takes. We feel pretty pleased with ourselves. At 2.30 we rehearse our introductions to the Top Forty Breakers and the Top

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