Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Very sad to report that John Peel has died. Even though I mainly just read about him over the years in pursuit of my Anglophile music obsessions, he was a huge presence in my gloomy teen years, and his "Peel Sessions" recordings are important documents of some of the greatest bands ever. From CNN:

"Veteran British broadcaster John Peel has died while on holiday in Peru, the BBC and the British Embassy said Tuesday.

Peel, who discovered dozens of major bands during 40 years as a radio disc jockey, suffered a heart attack Monday night in the ancient Inca city of Cuzco, the BBC said.

Peel, 65, was on holiday with his wife, Sheila...

Peel became one of the UK's first pirate DJs, who broadcast from ships outside British waters in the 1960s. He later moved to Dallas, Texas, where he landed a job as a DJ on WRR radio.

He joined the BBC in 1967, becoming the longest-serving DJ on BBC Radio 1.

Peel was among the first DJs to play demo tapes by little-known bands --championing acts ranging from Jimi Hendrix to The Smiths, The Fall, Pulp and Northern Irish punks The Undertones.

He was a strong supporter of punk rock in the late 1970s, as well as reggae music. He also promoted hip-hop...

Peel is survived by his wife and four children."

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