In 2019, Atria Books (US) and The Bodley Head (UK) published Peter Doggett's biography of CSNY - the rock supergroup officially known as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
As he did with his best-selling You Never Give Me Your Money, Peter chronicles how four tempestuous, wilful and uniquely talented musicians came together in a spirit of hedonistic optimism, achieved intense fame and commercial success, and then saw their dream and their personal bond decay.
The CSNY biography is the latest in a series of critically acclaimed books in which Peter has subjected aspects of rock and pop history to forensic analysis, with great narrative skill. Like his groundbreaking history of rock's collision with radical politics, There's a Riot Going On, his CSNY book examines the glorious idealism of the 1960s counter-culture, and its inescapable decline.
Peter has been writing professionally since 1980. After more than two decades as a magazine journalist and editor, interviewing hundreds of musicians, authors and other public figures, he has worked for the past fifteen years as a full-time author.
His major books include:
ARE YOU READY FOR THE COUNTRY (2000)
The history of rock's turbulent encounters with country music, from Hank Williams to the Americana movement
THERE'S A RIOT GOING ON (2007)
The definitive history of rock and radical politics - the late 60s/early 70s era when rock stars posed as revolutionaries, and revolutionaries masqueraded as rock stars.
YOU NEVER GIVE ME YOUR MONEY (2009)
The untold story of the Beatles' break-up, and its forty-year aftermath
THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD (2011)
A detailed study of David Bowie's life and work in the 1970s
ELECTRIC SHOCK (2015)
The complete history of popular music and the world it created, from the birth of recorded sound in the 1890s to the era of Spotify and the iPhone
Besides his writing career, Peter has acted for more than thirty years as a consultant for major London and New York auction houses dealing with rock and pop memorabilia. His specialist areas include recordings and manuscripts, and he has been involved in the authentication and sale of previously undocumented items related to artists such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan. He has also provided confidential insurance valuations and expert advice for major archives of recordings and related documents.
Peter has taken part in many TV documentaries about rock, pop and cultural history, and has been a regular contributor to BBC Radio. His discussion about grime with John Humphrys on The Today Programme was only one of the highlights of a broadcasting career which has led him to appear on all of the BBC's main networks, from 6 Music to Radio 3.
In the 2010 UK General Election, Peter stood as an official Green Party candidate. He has also trained as a humanistic counsellor and life coach. He lives in London and Sussex with the performance artist and painter, Rachel Baylis.