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Peter Gabriel: Global Citizen

Paul Hegarty


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Peter Gabriel is one of contemporary music's great experimenters. From his work in the progressive group Genesis, through his pioneering solo albums, to his enthusiastic embrace of world music and new technologies, Gabriel has remained steadfastly consistent in his redefinition of music's boundaries and influence: geographical, virtual and thematic.

At the heart of Paul Hegarty's astute analysis is the idea of locatedness: what it means to be in a specific place at a given time, and to reflect on that time and the changes which inevitably occur. Gabriel's work, Hegarty argues, can be understood as a series of reflections on the `where' of being - and this includes politics, psychology, philosophy, psychogeography and inward reflection. Peter Gabriel offers a nuanced and trenchant insight into this enigmatic musician and his works, an artist whose constant travelling - through identities, influences and media - defines him as one of modern culture's truly global citizens.

By:   Paul Hegarty
Imprint:   Reaktion Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 148mm, 
ISBN:   9781780239767
ISBN 10:   1780239769
Series:   Reverb
Pages:   248
Publication Date:   October 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paul Hegarty is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Nottingham. He performs in the noise band Safe, and his previous publications include Noise/Music: A History (2007) and Rumour and Radiation: Sound in Video Art (2015).

So much more than a biography of the Genesis founder and world music pioneer, Hegarty's study focuses on Gabriel's art taken as a whole, and what it tells us about being in a particular place at a particular time, be it Seventies England, Eighties New York, or the global mixing pot of Womad. --Choice Magazine (UK) The key to understanding progressive rocker Peter Gabriel, first as frontman of Genesis, later as solo artist, is through what author Hegarty calls 'locatedness, ' that sense of time and place that begins with Gabriel's early years in a southern England, through his fascination with America, and later in his embrace of and contribution to world music. Canadian example: the final performance of Gabriel's Rock Paper Scissors tour with Sting came a month after the 2016 Brexit vote. During this concert, Gabriel sang 'Dancing with the Moonlit Knight, ' the first track on Selling England by the Pound, his first live performance of a Genesis track since 1982. Hegarty . . . believes Gabriel's choice referenced Britons' impossible dream of returning to a mythic Albion where peace and prosperity reign. --Sarah Murdoch Toronto Star Peter Gabriel: Global Citizen is frequently fascinating; there is time to assess the value of hybridity in Gabriel's work, but also to suggest that Back in NYC is 'closer to Suicide's first album of pulsing electro punk.' Hegarty's assessment, too, that Gabriel's 1992 album, Us, aligned itself to the post-rock movement is astute . . . Peter Gabriel's work, like that of peers David Byrne, Brian Eno, and Robert Fripp, calls out for professorial analysis, and Hegarty delivers, never losing sight of accessibility, with spotless references and a deep understanding of the music and artist. --Record Collector

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