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Book Title: The Olivetti Chronicles|
The author of the book: John Peel
ISBN 13: 9780593060612
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Edition: Bantam Press
Date of issue: November 11th 2008
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I remember distinctly the moment I heard that John Peel had died. It hurt. It hurt for days after, feeling strangely like I'd lost a member of my family. I know though, that I was not alone: the attachment felt for this peculiarly bumbling but gentle man across disparate cross-sections of the British public must have made him a celebrity like no other, even if he never realised it. When Margrave of the Marshes was released I read it almost immediately and found it rather bitter-sweet, helping me come to terms with the loss even as it reopened fresh wounds.
So what of The Olivetti Chronicles? Time has passed and it's famously a great healer. It's still sad to be reminded that we'll never hear John's voice again but there's great joy to be had in the contents of this book. Edited by his family it contains a selection of articles written mainly for columns in various newspapers and magazines over more than thirty years. It's like bumping into an old friend who you haven't seen for years and sharing a few drinks: there's a lot to catch up on and stories gallop past one another in the telling.
The editors elected to arrange the columns alphabetically by principle subject which, at first glance, might appear to be a strange way to go about things but in actuality its an idea perfect in its execution as well as its simplicity. What results is a series of vignettes as completely unrelated to those either side of it as John's presentation style made his radio programmes. Like those programmes, something cohesive somehow emerged from the chaotic whole. It also means that it's as easy to dip in and out of as it is to read in one sitting.
I may well never see or hear from John again but that's OK: the memories of our last encounter will live long and I know I can always come back to that place where we last caught up and live it again if I need to.
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Read information about the authorEnglish disc jockey, radio presenter and journalist, broadcasting regularly from 1967, until his death in 2004.
Peel celebrated music with his eclectic taste. He was one of the first radio DJs to play psychedelic rock, reggae and punk. He also played classic blues, folk music and psychedelic rock, with an emphasis on music emerging from Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The 'Peel sessions' launched a lot of music careers. They usually consisted of four songs recorded by the artists live in the BBC's studios. These sessions were often the first big exposure for bands that would go on to become quite popular.
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