Website of the author Peter Doggett 


Published by The Bodley Head, 27th August 2015


Peter Doggett's latest book - Electric Shock: From the Gramophone to the iPhone, 125 Years of Pop.

"It's a brave writer who steps back to offer a wider narrative . . . but Peter Doggett is foolhardy enough for the task and carries it off with elan . . . Electric Shock imparts delight and curiosity in the music it chronicles with such pithy vivacity." (The Observer)

An altogether heroic endeavour" (The Independent)

"Rich and intelligently curated . . . The author does a deft job in recycling the momentous musical events of the 1960s, not least in recreating the era's moral febrility and air of surrealism." (Financial Times)

"Peter Doggett's previous book on Bowie was exemplary - and this might be a better read . . . A great history book" (Record Collector)

"A nigh-on definitive account of pop's development and impact . . . rendered compelling by Doggett's effortless, laconic eloquence . . . Dauntlessly comprehensive, elegantly parlayed." (Mojo)

"Witty and compelling . . . By abandoning the often sneering tone of rock critics, he gives the discipline fresh hope. Opinion may be cheap in 2015, but Doggett's wealth of knowledge and passion feel more valuable than ever." (Esquire)