A tribute biography of the hugely popular DJ and broadcaster John Peel
John Peel was born in Cheshire in 1939 and, after National Service, he eventually went into broadcasting while travelling in America, where his Liverpool accent convinced them he must know the Beatles, and he was even present when Lee Harvey Oswald was shot. In 1967 he returned to the UK and joined Radio One at its start. His late-night radio shows were cult listening for music fans of all ages, and many bands admit that without his support, they would never have made it.
While Radio One changed, he remained a constant factor in its schedules, and in 1998 he was awarded the OBE for his services to broadcasting. It was in that year that he also began his multi-award-winning show Home Truths on Radio Four.
Mick Wall tells the story of arguably the most influential man in the history of British rock music, speaking to those who knew him well to build up a complete portrait of this hugely popular figure.
This excellent biography ... paints an affectionate portrait of this unpretentious, humorous presenter who seems to have been loved by everyone who met him. - SUNDAY TIMES
Wall's book pays fair tribute to a man who, everyone agreed, was just a really decent bloke. - BIRMINGHAM POST
This is a warm, affectionate, well-researched book, written by a fan to share with other fans. - LEICESTER MERCURY
[a] poignant tribute to arguably the most influential man in the history of British rock music. - DAILY POST (WALES)
This is a warm, affectionate, well-written, well-researched book, written by a fan to share with other fans. - SUNDERLAND ECHO
Mick Wall is the UK's best-known rock writer, author and TV and radio programme maker, and is the author of numerous critically-acclaimed books, including definitive, bestselling titles on Led Zeppelin (When Giants Walked the Earth), Metallica (Enter Night), AC/DC (Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be), Black Sabbath (Symptom of the Universe), Lou Reed, The Doors (Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre), Guns N' Roses and Lemmy. He lives in England.