Margrave of the Marshes

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Overview

Not many people actually achieve the status of legend in their own lifetime. John Peel is one of them. Beloved by millions — for his championing of musical talent and his popular Radio 4 show — this is the book he began to write before his untimely death in 2004, completed by the woman who knew him best, his wife Sheila.
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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
Like the man himself, both dryly humorous and engagingly sentimental.
Rain Taxi Review of Books
Slightly rambling, always entertaining, surprisingly memorable.
Library Journal

At a time when the role of the D.J. has been whittled down to judge at your local bar's wet T-shirt contest, it is nearly impossible for Americans to grasp the integral role John Peel played in shaping British popular culture for more than three decades. A titan of Old Blighty's broadcasting, first on pirate radio and then a mainstay of the BBC, Peel was a tireless conduit of new music, giving airtime to bands (and genres) that might not have otherwise gained worldwide exposure (e.g., Pink Floyd, Napalm Death, and the White Stripes). Sadly, Peel died in 2004, barely midway through this memoir. Thus does Margravebecome a posthumous collaboration between Peel and wife Sheila Ravenscroft. Each writes basically half of the book, with an abrupt jump from where Peel's narrative ends and hers begins. In that respect, the writing is somewhat uneven, but the overall portrait of the man is surreal, funny, heartbreaking, and strangely heroic. Recommended for public and academic libraries with large music collections.
—Matthew Moyer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780593052525
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Limited
  • Publication date: 10/25/2005
  • Pages: 329
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.62 (d)

Meet the Author

John Peel was the most influential radio DJ in the United Kingdom for more than 35 years. Sheila Ravenscroft married Peel in 1974. Jack White is a Grammy-winning rock musician, singer, music producer, and actor. He is best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist of the rock duo The White Stripes.
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