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“I'm working on 23 new songs”. Peter Gabriel, in Milan for his daughter Anna's photo book, talks about the new album (and more) - VIDEO

Peter Gabriel presented "Eye-D", the photographic book of his daughter Anna, in Milan on 21 October.

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Published in Italy by Rizzoli Lizard, the book features close-up images of the eyes of a number of well-known names. Among them there are David Byrne, Helena Christensen, Willem Defoe, The Edge, Noel Gallagher, Annie Lennox, Susan Sarandon, Benjamin Zephaniah, Peter Gabriel and many others.

In support of the exit two events in Italy, in Milan, for an book signing at the Sozzani Foundation on Wednesday 20 October and a Q&A with Anna and Peter at Santeria Toscana 31.

Here are the words of Peter Gabriel at the second meeting. On stage he, his daughter, Carlo Massarini and Marco Zatterin.

Peter proved once again to be a great gentleman, patient and generous, especially in the backbreaking copy-signing.

Peter talks about the state of work of his highly anticipated album:

Peter on the video Father, Son and those days dedicated to his father:

Peter on the relationship (and tour) with Sting:

Peter on the relationship with Youssou N'Dour:

Peter about his work with an ancient passion: the drums:

Peter on working with people who know how to surprise you and how Lou Reed was one of them:

Peter on work and friendship with Richard Branson and Chris Blackwell:

Peter talks about the use of the mask in history and in these times:

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Peter Gabriel: 30 years after the historic Real World Recording Week - see the DOCUMENTARY

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30 years since the historic Real World Recording Week - an ambitious and memorable gathering of 75 musicians from 20 countries in order to spark unique artistic collaborations.

Peter Gabriel was the host of the event, which took place at Real World Studios.

He produced several classic albums for Real World Records, as well as marking the start of the Big Blue Ball project.

For the occasion it is proposed through the Facebook page Below is a documentary that was filmed during the event and aired by the BBC in 1991:

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Ipse Dixit: WOMAD UK postponed to 2022, listen to the words of Peter Gabriel

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WOMAD Festival creator Peter Gabriel spoke on the BBC Radio 4 Today show to ask for clarity and security from the British government.
"We are not asking for alms .... we are asking for security"
says Peter Gabriel - "there is too much uncertainty for most festival promoters to take the risk."

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WOMAD Festival of 2021 in Charlton Park has announced the first artists.

This eclectic mix celebrates the extraordinary diversity of musical talent that comes from the global communities that have made the UK their home.

This is just the first stop on WOMAD's roadmap towards a summer of discovering great unknown or already established artists.

More big names to join the WOMAD cast, with a group of international artists coming together for the summer celebration of returning to normal.

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#NowPlaying News: Peter Gabriel in the film "Freedom Flight" for Amnesty International's 60th anniversary - VIDEO

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“Freedom Flight”, a two-minute feature film, featuring Amnesty International activists at five global landmarks and celestial drone art exhibits to celebrate the 60th anniversary.

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An orchestral version of Peter Gabriel's hymn for human rights "Biko" provides the soundtrack featuring the voices of the gospel choir of the Spirituals in London and Angelique Kidjo and Nazanin Boniadi, among others, for a powerful narrative of the poem "Ode to Amnesty "specially written by Bill Shipsey for the film and now translated into twenty languages.

"Freedom Flight", produced by Art for Amnesty and Celestial, a cutting-edge drone art company, was shot for Amnesty International France on Robben Island in Cape Town, Sydney Opera House, Jama Masjid Mosque, New Delhi, Plaza del Zócalo, Mexico City and the Palais de Chaillot, Paris.

Gabriel, Amnesty International's ambassador of conscience and longtime supporter of the human rights organization, said:

“It was a race against time but it was definitely worth it. The Spirituals Choir is committed to telling stories of social justice to a new generation that marries very well with the one who inspired by Steve Biko.

“Now more than ever, we need as many people as possible to start addressing injustice personally and to get involved in any way possible. Amnesty has done amazing work all over the world that I believe is really important and supported for forty years, so I was very happy that I was asked to help with this beautiful film. "

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The Cinema Show: Peter Gabriel and the soundtrack of the movie “Birdy” - STORIES, MEMORIES & VIDEO

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In September 1984 Peter Gabriel was called by the director Alan Parker to write the music for the film Birdy - The wings of freedom, Special Jury Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Peter made a small foray into soundtracks earlier, in 1984, with Against All Odds and Gremlins. In both films participating with a song. In the first, which also contains songs by Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford, there is "Walk Through The Fire", also released as a single and also contained in the recent "Rated PG":

In Gremlins Peter's song is called "Out Out".

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The Birdy soundtrack is the first composed exclusively by Peter. It includes unreleased songs and instrumental reinterpretations of songs already contained in the third and fourth album.

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Alan Parker wanted to use existing songs. Instead Peter gets excited and enthusiastic, so he would like to compose new material. "But there was very little time since the film was due out in December, so I mixed old and new. It was a wonderful experience for me to learn to orchestrate», Gabriel tells Armando Gallo, quoted in "Peter Gabriel. Not one of us" by Mario Giammetti.

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The project marks the beginning of the collaboration with sound engineer Daniel Lanois, who will musically characterize this and the next two albums. "We got along right away, he instinctively reacts to my musicSaid Gabriel, quoted in "Without Borders. Life and Music of Peter Gabriel" by Daryl Easlea.

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Peter Gabriel thus remembers the making of Birdy:

All the songs are written by Peter Gabriel. About half of the material is new. Here's what he picked up instead:

Side 1
1. "At Night" (with reference to "Wallflower") 2: 38
2. "Floating Dogs" 2:55
3. "Quiet and Alone" 2:30
4. "Close Up" (has "Family Snapshot" keyboards) 0: 55
5. "Slow Water" 2:51
6. "Dressing the Wound" 4:06
Side 2
No. Title Length
7. "Birdy's Flight" (based on "Not One of Us") 2: 58
8. "Slow Marimbas" 3:21
9. "The Heat" (has the drumming of "The Rhythm of the Heat") 4: 41
10. "Sketch Pad with Trumpet and Voice" 3:05
11. "Under Lock and Key" (comes from "Wallflower") 2: 28
12. "Powerhouse at the Foot of the Mountain" (from "San Jacinto"). 

For the film's American premiere on December 19, the soundtrack isn't ready yet. It was mixed in January 1985 and the album was released in March. 

The film is screened at the Cannes Film Festival on May 20 and, as already mentioned, gets the Special Jury Grand Prix.

«I am proud to have worked on Birdy as a first experience in soundtrack, because Birdy is a special film ", wrote Peter Gabriel in the album's liner notes.

And here's how Peter paid tribute to Alan Parker on the occasion of his death. 

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The book "Peter Gabriel: Every Album, Every Song" - BUY

The book "Peter Gabriel: Every Album, Every Song", a journey through his solo albums, his live recordings and compositions of soundtracks.

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During his more than forty-year solo career, Gabriel became a world pop star with his first albums and later 1986's "So", as well as hit soundtracks.

Peter went beyond his progressive rock background to reach a level other musicians of that genre could only dream of.

The book is the perfect guide to his music for both new listeners and longtime fans.

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#NowPlaying News: Peter Gabriel 'Big Time' Live in Buenos Aires, 2009 - rare VIDEO

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Rare 'Big Time' footage recorded live at the Estadio Vélez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 22, 2009, during Peter Gabriel's Latin American tour.

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Peter Gabriel: 35 years of the album “So”, released on May 19th 1986 - STORIES, MEMORIES & VIDEOS

So, the album which, released on May 19, 1986, gave Peter Gabriel total worldwide success, not yet arrived with the first four discs, turns 35.

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Here is Peter Gabriel's Facebook post on "So "'s birthday:

And here is Peter Gabriel's Facebook post from May 17, 2021:

10 elements that tell Peter's turning point.

1. After four albums in which all the cymbals were often banned, Red Rain, which opens So, begins with a surprising reintroduction of unused "metals". A significant break with the past, perhaps to show that the author is a new Peter Gabriel. The first sound of the song, in fact, is that of charleston and the dishes of Stewart Copeland to the Police, one of the many illustrious collaborators of this album.

2. Hard to believe, but Sledgehammer it was included in the album only at the last moment and it was born almost by chance, from an idea that ran in Peter's head, but that had not yet been developed, even if the recordings of the album were almost completed. The rhythm section was born first, created by the new drummer Manu Katché and Tony Levin on bass, then Daniel Lanois' guitar (another novelty, above all as a producer), and finally the wind section of the Memphis Horns. The title derives from the building-type metaphors used by Gabriel and Lanois in the recording room. The single comes fourth in the UK and first in the USA, undermining its own Invisible Touch of the Genesis. And the video of the song is record-breaking. 

3. Report Mario Giammetti (in Peter Gabriel. Not one of us, Ed. Sign), that the characteristic bass sound of Tony Levin in Don't Give Up, derives from the use of his daughter's diapers, to obtain that muffled tone. The female voice had to be initially that of Dolly Parton, American country star, who does not accept. So Gabriel turns to Kate Bush, remaining very satisfied. Although, writes Gabriel in the album's liner notes, the roots remain "gospel / country (...) in Richard Tee's fantastic way of playing the piano. "This hymn to overcoming obstacles has helped many people." Gabriel said that a well-known rock star and a comic actor both confessed that the song convinced them to give up suicide. "(Daryl Easlea, Without borders. Life and music of Peter Gabriel, Ed. Arcana)

4. Unusually the text of That Voice Again it is written together with David Rhodes, who, with Gabriel and Lanois, is the third main author of the album. A solution that the Canadian producer had to resort to, given that Peter did not decide to complete the lyrics of the song. It is possible that Gabriel could not go on for the theme of the song, which refers to his conjugal crisis of the moment with Jill. After 10 years ("not to create connections with Genesis", he told the Italian magazine Hello 2001), the 12-string guitar played by Lanois returns to the music of the singer. As rarely happens, the song begins with the refrain.

5. In Your Eyes sees the participation of various choristers including Jim Kerr of Simple Minds and above all the Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour, who sings in the language here Wolof. It is probably a declaration of love for Rosanna Arquette, the American actress known on the evening of the concert Six of the best (read and listen to the Horizons Radio special). In crisis with Jill for years, Peter had a strange relationship with her. It is certainly the first direct love song composed by Gabriel in his solo career. And to say that it was initially titled Sagrada Familia and was inspired by the Cathedral of Barcelona and its creator, Antoni Gaudi.

6. Various overdubbed Peter voices contribute to the touching beauty of Mercy Street. Among these, a particularly low one was recorded at seven in the morning, to obtain a natural gloom. The percussion is by the Brazilian Djalma Correa, recorded by Gabriel in Rio de Janeiro. The wonderful bass work is by Larry Klein. Although officially inspired by the almost homonymous work of the American poet Anne Sexton, Mario Giammetti (in Peter Gabriel. Not one of us, Ed. Sign) reports an episode, told by Gabriel himself, which may have influenced the text: a makeshift landing, just of the flight to Brazil, taken to meet Correa.

7. A first version of Big Time, with the title Success had been recorded in the days of Security. Third single of the album, it reached the eighth place in the chart in the United States, where they appreciated the funky atmosphere of the song and its philosophy, so close to the American dream, even if declined with irony. Fundamental in the passage is the drumstick bass guitar, played by Tony Levin, who presses the strings, and by Jerry Marotta, who strikes them, obtaining that characteristic sound of the rhythmic part, combined with the Stewart Copeland drums.

8. Originally recorded for melt, then candidate to join Security, We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37) it's different from the other tracks on the record, since it comes from musically remote times for Peter. Played on tour since 1980, in fact, it was an old acquaintance of the fans of the first hour. "He's there to show his new audience that if Gabriel wanted it it could still be disturbing and disturbing." (Daryl Easlea, Without borders. Life and music of Peter Gabriel, Ed. Arcana). The text is famously based on an experiment that scientifically demonstrated the Nazi "banality of evil", a theme also used by Genesis in the passage Just A Job To Do (Album genesis).

9. The vinyl ends with Milgram, but not the cassette and CD versions, closed by This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds) - and, in remastering, from In Your Eyes -, variations dictated by Gabriel's obsession with the sequence of the songs and the good mix of tails and attacks of the same. To insert This Is The Picture it was a singular choice, given that, composed with Laurie Anderson, was already part of the American artist's album two years earlier Mister Heartbreak, in a different version and with the title Excellent Birds. Gabriel wanted it fearing that he did not have enough material, other oddities, since he had already complete and unpublished songs such as Don't Break This Rhythm o curtains, which instead will become the B side of the singles Sledgehammer e Big Time.

10. Finally the cover and the title So. Surprisingly, the album comes with an outwardly normal packaging, with a beautiful portrait of Peter made by Trevor Key and none of the formal oddities present in the previous ones. Furthermore, for the first time Peter decides to use a title. Magazine Rolling Stone asked him why. "The new album has a universal title, - Gabriel replies -, so people won't risk buying the same record twice. I'm very happy I did, because it's in line with the small style change; I wanted the album were elementary, alive, natural ". (Cit. In Daryl Easlea, Without borders. Life and music of Peter Gabriel, Ed. Arcana). The video of Sledgehammer, the subject of another, contributed to the great success of the album Horizons Radio article - READ IT HERE. that's how Stephen R. Johnson and Peter Gabriel realized this and the following.

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Peter Gabriel's places: Bath, from “buen retiro” to “real world” - VIDEO & MEMORIES

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Key locations for Peter Gabriel include the city of Bath and its environs in Somerset, UK.

Bath from the Bath Echo website

A place that, from an initial buen retiro, to meditate at a distance on certain events, as we will see, was a source of inspiration and experimentation until the creation of the structure of his Real World.

Peter settles in the first house in his history with the city at Woolley Mill, in the homonymous valley, near Bath, with Jill pregnant; his daughter Anna-Marie will be born after a very difficult birth on July 26, 1974.

We are in the period following the tour of "Selling England By The Pound" and on the eve of the stormy sessions of composition, recording and related tour of "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway".

Here Gabriel takes refuge in his free moments, on "escape" from Headley Grange, where Genesis retired to compose and rehearse the songs on the new album.

Here, as Richard Macphail recounts ...

... receives a phone call from his mother asking for explanations on the meaning of The Lamb's lyrics.

And this is where, according to Daryl Easlea ...

... Peter retires after the tour e writes the long letter to officially announce his decision to leave Genesis.

After leaving the band, Gabriel devotes himself here to his favorite pastimes of the moment: the countryside and family. In Bath, again according to Easlea, it merges with the local community, and takes "two years to raise cabbages and children».

As Mario Giammetti reports ...

... Peter told Armando Gallo in Ciao 2001 in April 1976: «For at least six months after I left Genesis, I dated people not connected to the musical world, people who didn't even know about the existence of a band called Genesis.».

In Bath Peter experiments with alternative lifestyles, contemplates joining a commune (one of which is called Genesis), takes some drugs, without excess. He also shows up on the Stackridge Friends stage at Friars Aylesbury, stepping out of a birthday cake.

Gabriel sees the ancient Roman spa town of Bath as an excellent conductor of energy, which will soon lead him to start composing new music.

And among the new experiences there is a mystical one of the singer on Solsbury Hill, overlooking the city.

Little Solsbury Hill from the Kids of Bath website

As Davide Castellini writes ...

... "Solsbury Hill is a real physical space, a mound near Bath (...). But it is also a metaphorical place from where you can observe the "lights of the city" - the present reality and at the same time have a glimpse of the uncertain future that lies ahead - the eagle taking flight in the dark night».

Emotions that will be of great inspiration for his first solo single "Solsbury Hill", in which he also explains the reasons for the abandonment of Genesis, a song that he anticipated in February 1977 therelease of the first album.

Gabriel then found an inspiring place to let new ideas flourish. In this creative context, he begins to organize his home recording studio, which will soon be frequented by similar spirits. The first demos for the new album come from Woolley Mill's piano.

But Bath didn't always bring luck to Peter. Like the unfortunate first WOMAD Festival on July 16, 1982, held right near Gabriel's house, but this does not guarantee success, quite the contrary.

We are in the West Country, outside Shepton Mallet, in the same field where Led Zeppelin attended the second Bath Festival in 1970.

The whole event presents enormous challenges: the audience is ecstatic but the ticket sales are bad, the weather is bad, the BBC withdrew despite promising a TV broadcast, and a train strike has kept people away.

The limitations imposed by the local authorities put the expenses of the invited international artists on Peter. Peter and Jill even receive death threats from people they owe money to.

«It became a nightmare experience when we realized there was no way we could get tickets sold to cover our costsPeter told the Guardian in 2012.

Here is his performance at that Festival:

Debts that only the reunion at the Milton Keynes Bowl on October 2 of the same year, with old friends of Genesis, including Steve Hackett, they were able to write off.

Meanwhile, the Gabriel family have moved to Ashcombe House in Swainswick, northeast of Bath.

Peter rented the property in 1978 and converted the house's barn into his studio.

In this video it is possible to witness different moments (family and artistic) of his life at Ashcombe House:

At Ashcombe House Peter also worked on the screenplay for the film on "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway", with Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky. Two months of work considered by Gabriel very interesting, but the project is not successful.

It is better from a musical point of view. In the former barn studio, Peter composes the songs of the third album under his own name (also nicknamed Melt), from 1980, and there he records the next one from 1982 (or Security), the soundtrack of the film "Birdy", between October and December 1984 and "So", released in 1986.

Not only that: the track "My Secret Place" from Joni Mitchell's "Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm" album was recorded at Ashcombe House in 1986, as well as parts of the 1987 Robbie Robertson album (although the cover credits place mistakenly Ashcombe House in London).

In 1986, after the album So finished, Peter decides it is time to move from Ashcombe House to a permanent recording facility. The most important thing for Gabriel is to be close to the water. It takes into account several sites, mostly old mills, strictly in the Bath area.

But in October 1987, Peter and Jill separated permanently. They will divorce in March 1988. Fortunately, the ex-wife and the children are not going to be away from Bath and so Peter can see his daughters every Thursday night and every other weekend. In this period Peter begins the relationship with Rosanna Arquette, met during the reunion of Milton Keynes.

Box Mill (also known as Pinchin's Mill) is a 200 year old water mill on By Brook in Wiltshire. In 1864 it was part of the Box Brewery owned by the Pinchin family, who closed their Northgate Brewery at Pulteney Bridge in Bath that year.

In 1987 Gabriel buys it, fixes it and adds another building ("The Big Room"). 

Peter sets to work transforming the picturesque cluster of buildings into a live and studio complex, complete with a residential space for artists, a writing room and a large control room, filled with natural light.

Now the site has the size and space it needs, it's close to the river, as Peter wanted, it's in a beautiful area and it's accessible from London, with Bath 120 miles (200km) away, an hour and a half by train .

The first album to be recorded here is the soundtrack of the film "The Last Temptation of Christ" by Martin Scorsese, which will also inaugurate the fledgling Real World label, with the title "Passion" in 1989.

And right here, in the studies of his label, in 1997, a new love was born for Gabriel. You are Meabh Flynn, engineer and pianist, who has worked at Real World since the mid-nineties. She is 22 years younger than him. He married her in 2002. Isaac Ralph was born on September 27, 2001, followed by Luc in 2008.

Peter also maintains good relations with Jill, who now works as a counselor and psychotherapist in Bath.

And, among the many initiatives that see him take a position all over the world, he finds a way to think about "his" corner of England as well.

In May 2010 he joined a campaign to stop agricultural development right in the Woolley Valley. A farm had planned to intensively raise chickens. Gabriel joined the Save Woolley Valley Action Group to stop the project. 

To preserve the valley which hosted his first Bath home and which inspired his first solo single, "Solsbury Hill".

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Real World: “M'berra” by Khalab & M'berra Ensemble - BUY

"M'berra" by Khalab & M'berra Ensemble is the second release of 2021 by Peter Gabriel's label.

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"M'berra" is a collaboration between the Italian electronic artist Khalab and individual musicians he met during a trip to the M'berra refugee camp in Mauritania.

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"M'berra" is the sound, the story, of a collective of Malian musicians from the M'berra refugee camp in south-eastern Mauritania and of the Italian producer and electro-shaman Khalab.

In a sprawling tent city that rises from the desert, out of nowhere, on the border with Mali in West Africa, gathered by spirit and circumstances, the Arab and Tuareg members of the group - some unknown, others who have already toured Europe - find solace. and beauty in music and song.

Raffaele Constantino aka Khalab is a producer with a psychedelic perspective and a deep love for African music and Afro-futurism.

Already acclaimed for a work saturated with loops, repetitions, trance and transcendence, for collaborations with Malian percussionist Baba Sissoko, his 2018 album "Black Noise 2084 (On the Corner)" and the subsequent series of mixes and featuring by artists including the famous British black reedman Shabaka Hutchings have made Khalab a big name.

Among the many musicians of the M'berra Ensemble are Amano Ag Issa and Mohammed Issa Ag Oumar from Tartit, the highly regarded group from the Tombouctou region in northern Mali.

They recall their past in various ways and reclaim their present with fierce and gritty voices; brandishing electric guitars and traditional instruments - the lute-like tehardent, the single-stringed imzad - in 12 songs that tell of resistance and freedom, of storms and moons in the desert.

The project was made possible thanks to the support of INTERSOS, an Italian humanitarian organization that works all over the world to bring assistance to people in danger, victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts or living in conditions of extreme exclusion.

The vinyl edition of the album will be available in a deluxe gatefold box with yellow LP and a 32-page booklet - a stunning visual accompaniment showing photographs of the musicians at the M'berra camp captured by French photographer Jean-Marc Caimi next door. written reports of the project told from different perspectives. The album is also available digitally and on CD (with accompanying booklet).

From the press release.

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