cerkalo
» » The Olivetti Chronicles: Three Decades of Life and Music

The Olivetti Chronicles: Three Decades of Life and Music download ebook

by John Peel

The Olivetti Chronicles: Three Decades of Life and Music download ebook
ISBN:
055215704X
ISBN13:
978-0552157049
Author:
John Peel
Publisher:
Transworld Publishers (June 1, 2010)
Language:
Pages:
480 pages
ePUB:
1907 kb
Fb2:
1383 kb
Other formats:
mbr azw doc mobi
Category:
Arts & Literature
Subcategory:
Rating:
4.1

John Peel is best known for his four decades of radio broadcasting. His Radio 1 shows shaped the taste of successive generations of music lovers. His Radio 4 show, Home Truths, became required listening for millions.

The Olivetti Chronicles: Three Decades of Life and Music. It seems as if Peel courted his listeners but also kept them at a distance, being a rather circumspect presenter who did not dwell on what appears off-set to be a private life full of listening to demos and singles sent in which must have taken up an enormous amount of effort. I wondered how he acquired so many LPs of such disparate genres, many undoubtedly rare and obscure, as well as how he afforded them.

John Peel was born the day before the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939

Часто встречающиеся слова и выражения. John Peel was born the day before the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. He lived in Suffolk with his wife Sheila and their children William, Thomas, Alexandra and Florence, plus various dogs and cats, until his death in October 2004.

The Olivetti Chronicles book. Selections of these writings amount to a second autobiography.

item 2 Olivetti Chronicles : Three Decades of Life and Music by Peel, John-ExLibrary -Olivetti . John Peel is best known for his four decades of radio broadcasting.

item 2 Olivetti Chronicles : Three Decades of Life and Music by Peel, John-ExLibrary -Olivetti Chronicles : Three Decades of Life and Music by Peel, John-ExLibrary. item 3 TheOlivetti Chronicles by Peel, John ( Author ) ON May-21-2009, Paperback, Peel, -TheOlivetti Chronicles by Peel, John ( Author ) ON May-21-2009, Paperback, Peel, £. 4.

John Peel The Olivetti Chronicles. Three Decades of Life and Music. Price for Eshop: 181 Kč (€ . ). You can ask us about this book and we'll send an answer to your e-mail.

Peel slowly and see. There’s something touching about the image of John Peel, into the early part of the 21st Century, still banging out his columns on. .For Peel, ego really did fly out the window when he sat down with the Olivetti. There’s something touching about the image of John Peel, into the early part of the 21st Century, still banging out his columns on an Olivetti typewriter.

4 people like this topic.

The Olivetti Chronicles is a collection of Peel's journalism and was published in 2008. The articles, selected by his family and arranged by title, come from the following magazines and newspapers (years of original publication in brackets): Disc & Music Echo (1970-1, 1971, 1972, 1973). The Listener (1973, 1975, 1976, 1977). Sounds (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978). Observer (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989). Independent On Sunday (1990). Guardian (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996).

John Peel radio showswere required listening for millions, shapingthe 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 forpublications 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.
Reviews:
  • Xig
As far as I can tell, John Peel was a fine human being and as avid and influential a music fan as ever existed. This collection of columns published in various British magazines from the 1970s till his death in 2004 shows what an amazingly good writer he was too. I haven't enjoyed a music book this much in I don't know how long--chiefly because his wry sense of humor and nimble wordcraft are hilarious. As I read the book, I would share occasional columns with my wife--and there were times when we laughed so hard we gasped for breath.
As a DJ, Peel was eager to share any music that he found interesting or exciting, and as a result listeners to his radio show could potentially hear anything from anywhere by anybody. There are elements of the unusual in the book, but for the most part Peel deals with mainstream music and culture (certainly mainstream if you're an indie or World music fan) and this book works somewhat as a one-man overview of music from the last half of the 20th century. Having said that, Peel is indelibly British and his columns are therefore packed with references to British life and culture; as an ex-pat I enjoyed this greatly, but someone not so acquainted with UK life will certainly feel left out at times. Don't let this scare you away. Peel's reflections on the musicians who dazzled him (and his derision of the performers and music-industry types who had little going on but a well-marketed pose) are fascinating and insightful, and they resonate with the enthusiasm that was so much of Peel's radio demeanor.
Music writing can too often be pompously self-important. Peel, always self-effacing, is serious, intelligent, articulate, analytical, informed, and so on--but he steers well clear of the pompous.
What is also gratifying about Peel's outlook on life is his appreciation of the decency of human kindness, and his frequently practiced understanding that a few beers can greatly enhance the human experience. I imagine he would have been a great guy to hang out with--and reading this book was a good deal like hanging out with a great guy.
  • Tekasa
10/10.