DAVID CAVANAGH    Book Number: 85000    Product format: Paperback

30th August 1979: 'Two suspected IRA men are arrested over the murder of Lord Mountbatten, the former First Sea Lord and Chief of the Defence Staff. Mountbatten and three others were killed earlier this week when a bomb exploded on their fishing boat off the coast of Ireland.' On his Radio 1 show that day, John Peel played songs by, among others, The Undertones, Gene Vincent, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Lonnie Donegan, The Quads, Silicon Teens, and Little Richard. With each entry beginning in a news headline and a list of the musicians Peel played that day, David Cavanagh condenses the 35 best years of radio history into 620 pages that will make any reader consider the broadness of their listening habits. Starting with his fledgling days aboard the Radio London pirate radio ship, Cavanagh takes the reader through 265 Peel broadcasts that include his discovery of the Ramones in May 1976 and a live session opportunity he gave to a 21 year-old singer-songwriter by the name of David Bowie. As the times changed, so did Peel but he never waivered on his commitment to explore new sounds and ideas: initially a softly spoken spinner of The Byrds and Cream, he, much to the dismay of his colleagues and superiors, became one of the most vocal advocates of punk in the 70s and electronic music in the 90s and early-2000s. What this book lacks in glossy photos of mulleted DJs and leather-clad rock stars, it makes up for in structure and depth of research; this book provides a cultural history of the late 20th century and early 2000s through the ever-open eyes and ears of radio?s most veracious listener and cheerleader. Paperback, 620pp.
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ISBN 9780571302475
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