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JOHN PEEL MUSIC

Friday, 4 August 2017

I'm making a list of songs associated with John Peel for a CD and playlist for pledgers - if anyone has any suggestions, please put em up here.

 

I am after songs John Peel loved and songs associated with important moments in his career - and I think I'll put Teenage Kicks on twice...

TV On The Radio

Friday, 28 April 2017

John Peel turns up a lot in Go West, partly as a symbol of integrity but mostly because he's great.

And the fact that in his early career he changed his name from John Ravenscroft to John Peel allowed me to drag in the weirdest DJ Name-Change fact ever: that when British DJ Rick West took up his new job at a radio station in Seattle he was told that he would have to change his name as the previous…

Appearance

Friday, 21 April 2017

I'm going to Waterstone's in Gower Street next Monday to talk up Go West, with a bunch of other Unbounders who will be talking up their books. It should be fun, especially as I don't have a speech and I'll probably forget what the book is about.

Come along - Unbound books are great and maybe we'll all end up pledging for each other in a kind of Rat King tangle of love:

 

https://www.waterstones…

John Peel

Monday, 27 February 2017

When I started planning Go West, I was playing a lot of old John Peel shows - transferred to mp3, they sound great on my iPod in the car. There is a slightly strange sensation in listening to recordings of live radio shows, which were once very much of the moment, and I know my love of them is as much nostalgia (I loved John Peel, his show, and the music he played) as anything else. But they are great…

Painters and Fakes

Sunday, 12 February 2017

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One of the things about Go West which made it entertaining to write is that every time I put someone or something real in the book, I googled that person or thing with the word "fake" next to it. This is how I discovered the truth about one major historical character's reputation, a myth about a famous Devon spinster, and a story about the painter Robert Lenkiewicz.

I love Lenkiewicz. He lived…

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