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Peter Gabriel Talks to ‘InTheStudio’ And Takes A Sledgehammer To His 1986 Smash Album by Creating the ‘So’ Deluxe Edition

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North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands hosts Peter Gabriel’s expanded deluxe edition of his mid-80s classic album ‘So.’ For the decade prior to So, ex-Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel had developed a cult following culminating with his groundbreaking “Shock the Monkey” song and video. But with the May 1986 release of So (#1 UK sales, #2 U.S., over 5 million sold; 4 Grammy nominations including Album and Record of the Year for the #1 hit “Sledgehammer”), Peter Gabriel was vaulted into international pop stardom with all of its attendant door-opening, barrier-eliminating amenities.

Like certain other entertainers who had reached elite status in the fame game, Gabriel chose to use his newly-found powers for good through several international human rights organizations including Amnesty International, Peter’s own World Music charity WOMAD, and a death row/capital punishment project. In one of the most personal, powerful, thought- provoking interviews ever in the history of the InTheStudio rockumentary series, Peter Gabriel reveals candidly why he agrees to support many international causes.

“I think I’m still basically a musician doing the things I love to do, and I don’t think I really set out with a great platform on the human rights front. When you start meeting people, talking to people, and getting some one on one requests, it’s just very difficult to walk away from.”

Peter Gabriel ‘So’ -InTheStudio program is available now to stream at:

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