Off The Pegg reviewed in ISIS
Although not a Dylan book, Dave Pegg’s “Off The Pegg: Bespoke Memories of a Bass Player”, is certainly well worth a read; in fact, I found it hard to put down. Peggy is almost as admired as a teller of tales as he is as a bass player, and he’s one hell of a bass player. I can’t remember an occasion when I’ve been in Peggy’s company when he hasn’t had a tale to tell. He’s been threatening to write this book for years and now – with a little help from his friend and Fairport Convention biographer Nigel Schofield – he has finally kept that promise, or threat.
Peggy played in several part-time bands before he auditioned as a guitarist in 1966 for The Uglys. He didn’t get that gig but band leader Steve Gibbons offered him the post of bass player, so he switched instruments. Peggy went on to play with drummer John Bonham in The Way of Life before joining the Ian Campbell Folk Group, Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull, with whom he spent 15 years. The book covers all of this and much more including running his own recording studio, record label and helping to organise the annual Cropredy Festival. In recent times, while still playing with a reformed Fairport Convention, Peggy has played with various musicians and in 1998 he formed The Dylan Project with his old friend and early band mate Steve Gibbons. Peggy tells me that Mr Dylan has a copy of his book and I hope he enjoyed it as much as I did.
- Derek Barker, ISIS Magazine