Gilles Peterson releases a book documenting the first UK lockdown
Part visual diary, part a record of the radio shows that kept Peterson going in lockdown, this unusual book provides an often poignant record of the events of the first half of 2020
As someone who is used to travelling the world for music and broadcasting projects, Gilles Peterson became aware of the coronavirus pandemic early on. Writing in the introduction to his new book, Lockdown FM: Broadcasting in a Pandemic, he observed: “Early 2020 had been loaded with events and projects. Chicago, New York and the annual Worldwide Awards followed by a tour of Australia, New Zealand and Asia … but in Sydney airport, I felt something was up … the passengers who’d just landed from Shanghai – they were ALL wearing masks.
“We’d read the reports. It was a coronavirus warning. Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur were immediately cancelled. Once back in the UK life went on and despite the escalating fear around the virus I played Leeds, Graz in Austria and finally, to the promoter’s surprise, Bristol. Then came lockdown. The prospect of no gigs for …
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