John Peel

Music geeks unite as the John Peel sessions will soon be available online.  John Peel was a disc jockey on BBC1 for 37 years (1967-2004) until his untimely death in 2004 at the age of 65.  He was the first to play many new artists including Pink Floyd, Joy Division and The Smiths.   .   A John Peel session usually consisted of artists playing four songs in the BBC studios.  Think of KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic or WXPN’s World Cafè except with a history that includes practically every major artist to grace a stage from the past 40 years.  The archives will also include Peel’s personal record collection containing over 40,000 items, and his notes on those records will also be digitized.  “The idea is to digitally recreate John’s home studio and record collection”, according to Frank Prendergast of Eye Film and Television.  The Verge created a Spotify playlist to give you a small sampling of what is in store for you including Jimi Hendrix doing a cover of “Day Tripper” and Motorhead doing a cover of “Louie Louie”.  Click on the photo of John to enjoy.


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