Peter Gabriel: Life Lessons from a Rock Star

Peter Gabriel: Life Lessons from a Rock Star

Join us as we welcome musician and humanitarian Peter Gabriel to The School of Life.

In conversation with the philosopher Alain de Botton, Peter will consider the lessons learned from his life as one of the world’s most influential musicians. And we’ll explore his work as a human rights activist and campaigner, and how it can inspire our own efforts to make a difference.

As both founder of progressive rock band Genesis and a highly lauded solo artist, Peter Gabriel is one of the world’s most celebrated musicians: with three Brit Awards, six Grammy Awards, thirteen MTV Music Video Awards, a Q and an Ivor Novello lifetime achievement award, and the Polar Music Prize. From the triple platinum album So to the dark and innovative landscapes of his eponymous fourth album, his influence can be heard on generations of music makers.

As a passionate supporter of world music, Gabriel founded the WOMAD festival in 1982, and continues to champion global artists through his Real World Records label. His agency Witness trains activists around the world to expose human rights abuses, and since 1986, his extensive support for Amnesty International and other human rights organisations has earned him recognition in Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Alongside Richard Branson and Nelson Mandela, he founded The Elders, a small, dedicated group of cultural and political leaders dedicated to resolving world conflict. In recognition of his work as an activist, the Nobel Peace Prize laureates awarded Gabriel the Man of Peace award in 2006.

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The Emmanuel Centre
9-23 Marsham St

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