Book Review: Margrave of the Marshes

Margrave of the Marshes by John Peel & Sheila Ravenscroft

Margrave of the Marshes by John Peel & Sheila Ravenscroft

John Peel was one of my favorite DJ’s in the post 70’s pre 90’s U.K music scene on BBC Radio One. i’d listen to his show religiously in the shower before heading off the to the Bell (my local pub)

This book is the autobiography of the radio English legend who promoted music, often against the grain, to a youth who cherished his taste & candid opinions. More than often they oppose the status quo of main stream pop culture

John Peel sadly died in 2004 of a heart attack leaving behind his wife Sheila &  4 kids who helped finish his book (Margrave of the Marshes) post humorously

An easy to read autobiography.  John Peel relates tales & stories of his adventures from his  school days @ Shrewsbury to his professional life with the BBC

John also offers readers a wonderful flashback with his experiences of working & promoting artists such as David Bowie, The Sex Pistols, The Wedding Present, Joy Division, Pink Floyd, & T Rex. He writes about how the success of the Beatles British Invasion led to his first radio job when he was in America

A must read for any music fan, particularly of alternative persuasion. Those familiar with John Peel, his recording sessions,  plus those who like alternative US DJ’s such as Rodney Bingenheimer, Steve Jones, & the like will enjoy this books many short chapters

Available in paperback from Barnes & Noble

2007 Chicago Review Press, Incorporated

Thanks to Stephen Rudderham who sent me a hardcovers copy via Royal Mail



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