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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

John Peel For All

Posted by on Wed, May 2, 2012 at 8:33 AM

John Peel - Collection
We're not all John Peel, but we can now pretend.

The Independent writes:

It is a record collection that any vinyl enthusiast would covet. From obscure German techno to Appalachian folk music, to the latest sounds in the rock and pop world; the thousands of carefully catalogued albums owned by the late DJ John Peel literally have something for everyone.

From this week, music fans will get the opportunity to sift through the diverse collection, as a new online museum devoted to his revered collection is made available.

The project, co-funded by the Arts Council and the BBC, will see information on some of the 26,000 vinyl albums Peel amassed over his career put on a web-site. Each week, over the next 26 weeks, details of 100 albums will be released, alphabetically. Due to the sheer size of Peel's collection, it was decided to release 100 per week.

Sheila Ravenscroft, John Peel's widow, said: 'There'll be information about the record sleeve, front and back, all the information about the record itself, as well as whether John rated the album or not'. She added: 'Then out of those first 100, we've chosen one artist that we're honing in on, that we're going to do a special thing on each week'.

The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts and Eye Film and Television produced the site after being given access by John Peel's family to the collection, which includes 40,000 singles and — as yet uncounted — many thousands of CDs, as well as the LPs.

John Peel died of a heart attack aged 65 while on a working holiday with his wife in Peru, in 2004. He was the longest serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, having broadcast regularly from 1967 right up until his death.

The full collection, including the official announcement, can be found here.


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