Good Night and Good Riddance: How Thirty-Five Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Life

Good Night and Good Riddance: How Thirty-Five Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Life

by David Cavanagh


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Good Night and Good Riddance: How Thirty-Five Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Britain is a social history, a diary of a nation's changing culture — a man who can legitimately be called the most influential figure in post-war British popular music. Without the support of John Peel, it's unlikely that innumerable artists — from David Bowie to Dizzee Rascal, Jethro Tull to Joy Division — would have received national radio exposure. But Peel's influence goes much deeper than this. Whether he was championing punk, reggae, jungle or grime, he had a unique relationship with his audience that was part taste-maker, part trusted friend.

The book focuses on some 300 shows between 1967 and 2004, giving a thorough overview of Peel's broadcasting career and placing it in its cultural and social contexts. Peel comes alive for the reader, as do the key developments that kept him at the cutting edge — the changes in his tastes; the changes in his thinking. Just like a Peel show, Good Night and Good Riddance is warm, informative and insightful, and wears its enthusiasm proudly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780571302475
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 04/12/2016
Pages: 640
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

David Cavanagh has written for Select , Q , Mojo and Uncut and is the author of the acclaimed history of Creation Records My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry for the Prize.

Table of Contents

Author's Note vii

Introduction: Peel Nation 1

Part 1 Be Gentle with One Another

1967: The Garden 31

1968: The Lords Day 45

1969: The Horror Comics 62

1970: The Seven Categories 78

1971: The Character Witness 97

1972: 'The Rock 'n' Rollers 113

1973: The Conversion Job 128

1974: The Wheelchair 146

1975: The Untouchables 165

Part 2 Greetings Once Again to Concerned Young People All Over Northern Europe

1976: Fast Times 181

1977: Might Take a Bit of Violence 199

1978: Atom Splitting 219

1979: Now is the Winter 240

1980: Kitchen Appliances 259

1931: Think of Nothing 278

1982: Eclipsed Again 296

1983: The Corporations Are Bigger Than Any Nations 318

1984: Feeling Dizzy and Unwell 337

1985: God Made Them High and Lowly 354

1986: Ructions at the Tufty Club 372

Part 3 More of a Conversation than a Monologue

1987: Once Again We Wrong-Foot Quality Control 393

1988: Goodbye to All That 411

1989: This Party Is Far from Extinct 425

1990: Lion Rock in Lyon Traffic 443

1991: Bits and Pieces 460

1992: This Energy of Which You Speak 476

1993: The Prime Exhibit in the Zoo 493

1994: The Sun Come Out and Stole My Fear and Gone 509

1995: The Hall of Fame 522

1996-7: The Thought of It All Going Wrong 534

1998-9: The Order of the Institute of National Treasures 550

2000-1: The Long journey Home 570

2002-3: The Night Manager 590

Sources 607

Bibliography 619

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