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Peter Gabriel


Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel (photo by Stephen Lovell-Davis)

Full Name:

Peter Brian Gabriel


February 13, 1950


Cobham, Surrey, England

Peter Gabriel Quote:

"One thing that really appeals to me is this idea of music being a living thing that has an evolution that, in a way, enables the artist to sell a process rather than a piece of product."

Significant Facts About Peter Gabriel:

  • His first four solo albums had no titles other than his name in lower case letters
  • 16 albums have produced 12 hit singles
  • Co-founder of one of the first online music services, OD2

Peter Gabriel Career(s) History:

His first career, from 1967-1975, was as founding member and lead vocalist of Genesis, an immensely popular British progressive rock band. He took with him the flamboyant persona and flashy stage shows that were his trademark with Genesis. He is believed to be the first artist to dive or fall into the audience during performances, breaking a leg on one occasion.

Since the mid-90s his album releases have become somewhat sporadic, but have been accompanied by ambitious tours.

Recent Years:

In recent years he has been active in promoting digital music delivery, co-founding one of the first online music services. He also co-founded a musician's union called Mudda -- Magnificent Union of Digitally Downloading Artists. He has also been active in the production and distribution of artists from around the world.

His last performance with Genesis was at a British concert in 1982, but he has suggested that another reunion concert might take place in 2006.

Essential Peter Gabriel CD:

This 1986 release spotlighted Gabriel's skills as a composer. It contained some of his biggest hits, including "Sledgehammer" and "Don't Give Up."
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