Peter Gabriel

Global Citizen

Paul Hegarty

Peter Gabriel

Paul Hegarty

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248 pages | 25 halftones | 5 3/4 x 8 1/4
Paper $16.00 ISBN: 9781780239767 Published August 2018 For sale in North and South America only
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 steadfast in his commitment to redefining music’s boundaries and influence—geographical, virtual, and thematic.

Peter Gabriel offers nuanced and trenchant insight into this enigmatic, questing musician and his works, into an artist whose constant traveling—through identities, influences, and media—defines him as one of modern culture’s truly global citizens. At the heart of Paul Hegarty’s 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—a facet of existence that spans everything from politics to psychology, philosophy, psychogeography, and inward reflection.
Review Quotes
Choice Magazine (UK)
“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.”
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