October 29th, 2004

John Peel Obituaries

Posted by Ben in Music

The two most soothing everything-will-be-alright-love voices in the world are those of Charlotte Green who reads the Shipping Forecast on BBC Radio 4, and that of the legendary British DJ John Peel who very sadly passed away this week.

At age 65, he remained arguably the coolest disc-jockey on the planet, and his legacy is that of influencing and chronicling the musical lives of so many people, especially those of my generation. His uniqueness was in the sheer breadth of his musical knowledge, and the way he steadfastly played you what he thought you needed to hear, not what you thought you wanted to hear.

I’d write more, but there is already a great page of tributes and other links up here

A nice site called Radio Plus has conveniently posted free legal downloads of a lot of songs recently featured on the John Peel show.

And finally, here’s Peel in his own words over at The Guardian.


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