Friday, October 21, 2011

The Bad Peter Gabriel News: No More Solsburyhill.org


About 17 years ago, a Peter Gabriel and Apple fan forever to be known as MacCat started what was then the web's first comprehensive Peter Gabriel fan site. It preceded Radio Real World and Petergabriel.com. Many other sites have come and gone (including my short lived site, "In rraven's Eyes".) But after 12 or so years of doing free work and having to quickly find another server, MacCat had to call it quits. Life just gets complicated that way.

Others tried to take it on, but trying to run a free fan site can be terribly stressful. Trust me -- I know. I considered taking over the site and realized that with my poor health and my Mom's poor health (and accidentally pissing off Real World engineer Dickie Chappel), I couldn't do a good job of it. The last admin, Jakks, let the domain expire. Why -- I don't know. Solsburyhill.org is no more.

Solsburyhill.org included extensive information on PG news, music, the unparalleled Peter Gabriel Scrapbook and unmatched humorous bits. MacCat, who wrote as the head of a fictitious "Solsbury Committee", took snark to a whole new level years before the word "snark" became common slang. MacCat published some of my criticisms of PG's music (I was the one who wrote "I Go Swimming: Lost PG Gem or Just Something to Do?") as well a humorous bit comparing Peter Gabriel to guinea pigs (and there are a hell of a lot of comparisons.)

MacCat (and Stephen King) both heavily influenced my writing style. Even though my writing career has temporarily stalled due to the worldwide economic recession, I still had a few years where I paid my bills doing what I loved -- writing. Thank you, MacCat, wherever you are.

With Solsburyhill.org gone, it's like losing the last part of my childhood. I am now truly old.

2 comments:

Cyn said...

I miss it as well- I remember first stumbling on the internet and Solsbury Hill as being a mainstay. When Jakks took it over it remained fun place to visit and a real treasure of information.

After listening to New Blood and then my old Peter Gabriel Plays Live album, the fire lit again and I found that quite a few of the old sites are gone or abandoned.

It is a shame that all of the info is gone (save for what was saved by the Wayback Machine) and I absolutely salute both Mac Cat and Jakks for their time and devotion.

Karen Elizabeth said...

I remember Solsburyhill.org very well, and I was saddened when I realized it was gone a few years ago. May its memory live on.

I remember you too. If I recall correctly, I saved some old images of your "In rraven's Eyes" comic because I still had some copies saved that you didn't. I still use that predicament as an example of the problems of digital preservation.