Peter Doggett

Peter Doggett (born 30 June 1957) is an English music journalist, author and magazine editor. He began his career in music journalism in 1980,[1] when he joined the London-based magazine Record Collector.[2] He subsequently served as the editor there from 1982 to 1999,[3] after which he continued in the role of managing editor.[4] He has also contributed regularly to magazines such as Mojo, Q and GQ.[5]

Peter Doggett
Born (1957-06-30) 30 June 1957 (age 64)
Pen namePeter Doggett
Rufus Lodge[1]
  • Music journalist
  • author
  • magazine editor
SpouseRachel Baylis
ChildrenCatrin, Becca Mascall

Doggett has written extensively about the music and legacy of the Beatles. In the 2001 edition of Barry Miles' The Beatles Diary, he supplied commentary on each of the band's official releases[6] (later compiled in his and Patrick Humphries' 2010 book The Beatles: The Music and the Myth). In 2003, he was part of a team of specialist writers and critics – along with Mark Lewisohn, Ian MacDonald, John Harris, David Fricke, Miles and others – who authored the three-part Mojo: Special Limited Edition series on the Beatles.[3]

In 2009, his book You Never Give Me Your Money: The Battle for the Soul of The Beatles was published in the UK by The Bodley Head.[1] The Los Angeles Times described it as "remarkable"[7] and included the work in its list of the ten best books of the year.[1] According to Beatles historian Erin Torkelson Weber, You Never Give Me Your Money is "one of the most influential books in all Beatles historiography".[8]

Among Doggett's other titles, Are You Ready for the Country (2000) documents the advent of the country rock genre.[9] His book on rock music's role in 1960s countercultural ideology, There's a Riot Going On, was published by Canongate in 2007[10] and was voted "Best Book of the Year" by Mojo's readers.[1] His more recent books include The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s (2011)[11][12] and Electric Shock: From the Gramophone to the iPhone: 125 Years of Pop Music (2015).[13]

Doggett also works as a consultant for auctioneers of music memorabilia, specialising in the authentication of manuscripts and recordings. He has written CD liner notes and otherwise assisted in reissue campaigns of works by the Kinks, the Hollies and Tom Jones.[1]

In the 2010 UK General Election, he stood as the Green Party's candidate for the seat of Fareham in Hampshire, the same town in which he grew up.[14] He lives in London with his partner Rachel Baylis, an artist.[1] The couple have two daughters, Catrin and Becca Mascall.[15]