John Peel has died. This brings me great sadness. A legend if ever there was one, Peel’s gentle patter and eclectic (and loud) music kept me company through many a long drive and Winter evening. The whole point of John Peel’s radio shows were freedom – freedom from playlists; from the mainstream; from convention.
I had the pleasure of meeting John at Maida Vale studios when I won a ticket to see Cinerama recording a session – he was as modest and charming as listeners to his shows would expect. I’ll miss him and his shows greatly.
Some John Peel links:
- Obituary on the Independent. In depth and touching.
- Special Report in the Guardian Arts section. Lots more articles and tributes.
- John Peel on Wikipedia.
- BBC Radio Show. BBC tributes and Sessions info. If you can bear downloading RealPlayer the tribute show with Steve Lamacq is well worth a listen.
- FABRICLIVE.07: John Peel. Peely’s only compilation album and exemplary of his broad musical taste. One of my faves.