Peter Gabriel is best known as a musician. He started his solo work in 1975 after leaving his old school group Genesis. He has released eleven solo studio albums, numerous live albums and written for three films.

Peter’s work in the film industry really started when he wrote the score for Alan Parkers’ Birdy in 1984, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1989 he composed the soundtrack for Martin Scorsese’s epic The Last Temptation Of Christ, the basis for one of his most experimental and innovative albums, Passion. His other main film work is the soundtrack to Philip Noyce’s 2002 Rabbit Proof Fence, entitled Long Walk Home. In 2008, Peter worked with Thomas Newman on the song Down to Earth that features as the closing song in the film WALL-E. The song received the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. It was also nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Original Song Motion Picture and the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

In 2016 Peter’s song The Veil features in the Oliver Stone movie Snowden and was nominated for Grammy Award.

Back in 1980 he founded WOMAD (World of Music Arts and Dance), which has presented 170 festivals in over 30 countries. In 1992 he co-founded WITNESS, pioneering the use of cameras and technology in Human Rights work. He was also a founder with Richard Branson of The Elders, an organization designed to bring together a small group of highly respected global leaders, formally launched by Nelson Mandela in July 2007.

He recently launched The Toolbox.org, to assemble, curate and create the tools with which to transform our lives and the world we live in.

His other work interests have been in innovative technology, especially in digital media, music, audio and more recently a visual language and DIY Healthcare.

 

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