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06.27.2014 | | Posted at 09:35 AM

Concert Documentary on Blu-ray

By David Luhrssen
  Peter Gabriel prefaces his concert documentary, Back to Front—Live in London, with a few thoughts about masks. In Western society masks are seen as objects of concealment, but in other cultures they can be tools of revelation. He calls himself “shy, apologetic” in real life. On stage, “I want to get out of that. The mask is the means to open up.” Filmed in 2013 by a c...
11.23.2012 | | Posted at 08:54 AM

The Making of a Classic Album

By David Luhrssen
 Peter Gabriel was the star that did everything possible to monkey wrench his stardom, refusing even the basic step of titling his first four albums because that would seem too much like advertising, he explained. Gabriel had hits anyway, but his fifth album, reluctantly titled So (1986), finally pushed him into platinum with such signal songs of the period as “Sledgehammer” and “Big ...