The Olivetti Chronicles

The Olivetti Chronicles John Peel best known for his four decades of music scene radio broadcasting was all the while committing his laconic brilliance to paper in articles and reviews Selections of these writings amount t

  • Title: The Olivetti Chronicles
  • Author: JohnPeel
  • ISBN: 9780593060612
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Hardcover
  • John Peel, best known for his four decades of music scene radio broadcasting, was all the while committing his laconic brilliance to paper in articles and reviews Selections of these writings amount to a second autobiography.

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    1. JohnPeel

      English 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.

    870 thoughts on “The Olivetti Chronicles”

    1. Journalistic pieces collected by his family in alphabetical order. Which is a little bit odd. Some of them quite funny. Some not as funny as one would have hoped. No revelations. Best observation: there is nothing to be gained by listening to a man who wears hats on stage. He did not like Billy Joel but seemed at one time not to have hated Phil Collins.


    2. 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 [...]


    3. I didn't know this book existed. Actually, that's not true. I had seen in my update that Neil Gaiman had just read a book about John Peel, but I didn't take a lot of notice. I hit delete and moved on. Therefore, it was a wonderful surprise when maria handed me a parcel from and wished me a happy father's day. This is a collection of some of John Peel's writing, all of it hammered out on his Olivetti typewriter (hence the title). The articles are collected from several sources and span four dec [...]


    4. John Peel's legacy as a radio disc-jockey cannot be over-estimated. Through his radio shows struggling artists found an audience, from Pink Floyd to Bob Marley, Nirvana to Pulp, music genres and scenes exposed, Punk, Reggae, New Wave, Industrial, Hip Hop, the infamous Seattle scene and more. And in the mid 90s I was lucky enough to be, through BBC's World Service, one of his listeners. His voice seems etched in my head, though for the life of me, I can't remember even one of the songs he played. [...]


    5. I really wanted to give this book more than three stars, but I find it hard to justify anything more.Don't get me wrong, I am down with the funky kids, and really appreciate everything that John Peel did to change musical tastes and highlight otherwise underappreciated bands. A lot of my favourite bands are favourites thanks to his radio shows.However there are flaws with this book, flaws which have nothing to do with Peelie, as it was collected together posthumously.I would have preferred a chr [...]


    6. Put together by his family, this is a thoroughly enjoyable collection of the late John Peel's journalism for such diverse publications as The Radio Times, Sounds, The Listener, Punch, BIKE Magazine, and various national newspapers. Covering subjects as diverse as his family and other animals, music of all forms, broadcasting, his beloved Liverpool FC, the Eurovision song contest, the TT races on the Isle of Man, and why everyone hates The Osmonds, the articles in this book are a perfect reminder [...]


    7. Whether writing about The Osmonds, The Fall or shaving off his beard, this non-chronological collection of John Peel's writing is, after 'Margrave of the Marshes', another fine testament to his humour, integrity and honesty. Bite-sized snippets to remind us all of the Peel-shaped hole he has left in music and our lives.



    8. Every so often, when I clear the dust off the teetering pile of books started but not yet finished, I dip into this and read another essay. It makes it feel like he's still around somehow



    9. It was lovely to hear John Peel's "voice" again. Excerpts from his writing over the years. His warmth and humour that is so much missed by his many fans.


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