Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Like a big bag of bricks from above, I've just learned that the best radio DJ of two generations (his older peers and his legions of younger listeners) has died at age 65.
BBC Radio 1's John Peel is gone. Since the late 1980s, when I started listening to the music that shaped me, I've listened to John Peel. Through traded tapes or imported "Peel Sessions" vinyl, and eventually (thankfully) through internet streams, I've heard of this man who became the pied piper of independent music, who championed bands like the Wedding Present, Stereolab, and dozens, hundreds, so many, many more. Probably the single most influential new music DJ of all time, and definitely the one who impacted me the most personally.
Musicians dream of 'making it' somewhere, of getting to some unnamed place that marks personal success. I had always thought the recording of a live radio session, with John Peel at the board, would be that place. That if someone got there, anything else was extra.
So today, I'll be listening to this, this, this, and a whole bunch of these.
Rest in peace, John Peel. And thanks for everything.
update: from across the pond, read my friend jo's tribute here, and check out some good peelie links over at coolfer.
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