Margrave of the Marshes, Paperback
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Through nigh-on forty years of laconic brilliance on Radio 1, a musical taste which defined a culture and his wildly popular Radio 4 show, "Home Truths", John Peel reached out to an audience that was as diverse as his record collection.

He was a genuinely great Briton, beloved by millions.

John's unique voice and sensibility were evident in everything he did, and nowhere is that more true than in these pages. "Margrave of the Marshes" is the astonishing book, John Peel began to write before his untimely death in October 2004, completed by the woman who knew him best, his wife Sheila.

It is a unique and intimate portrait of a life, a marriage and a family which is every bit as extraordinary as the man himself - a fitting tribute to a bona fide legend.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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  • Category: Radio
  • ISBN: 9780552551199



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My eclectic taste in music is because I was influenced by John Peel in the late 1980's. Why did John survive at Radio One when all other DJs of his age were sacked(sorry!resigned or moved on!)? He once said that in a few years time 95 per cent of the records he was currently playing would be crap. He meant that he would be bored by them and be looking for new sounds. Although a newspaper (or was it NME? I forget) stated that Peel said 95 per cent of his show was crap!This book - completed by his wife Sheila, who complemented the style of Peel greatly - has many anecdotes and stories. At long last I see a photo of his mother(in the book), famously mentioned on Room 101 by Peel saying John had a very large bottom (And the whole of Chester stopped to look at this wonderous sight - I paraphrase of course.)My favourite anecdote concerns Peel and his family, along with Andy Kershaw, travelling a long distance to see former DJ 'colleague' Simon Bates in pantomine - so they could jeer him. (In fact, ordering his death!) I have only laughed out loud once before at such a volume at that description.For the record - Peel generally was a nice man. In the early 90's I won a competition for a Fall LP( ah - vinyl). After 4 months(!!!) I wrote back to remind him. Of course he forgot but he sent me a copy as promised. When it finally arrived he had wrote an apology on the inner sleeve - 'Sorry its late -John (Peel)'. Unfortunately he wrote it in biro and the LP was scratched. I thought that was typical Peely, and laughed.

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This guy defined my formative years - late nights by the radio with school the next morning...happy days. This bio more than does those years justice - a fitting tribute to a man who shaped a generation.