This site has a visual navigation structure based on John's actual studio at what he lovingly referred to as Peel Acres.
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John Peel's collection contains his favourite records from a career spanning nearly 40 years of opening ears. From the 60s to the 00s, these records aired on John's Radio London and BBC shows often provided the first plays for bands - many of whom would go on to achieve great fame.
With so few DJs having the freedom of their own playlist or appetite to experiment so widely, it was frequently John who introduced us to music that otherwise would have had no outlet in the mainstream. Consequently many of the sea-change moments in music - from Psychadelia to Reggae, Electronica, Ska, Punk, New-wave, Hip-hop, Trance - were brought to the attention of the UK public via these very pieces of plastic.
Early championing of Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Specials, Neu, Kraftwerk, The Smiths, Pulp, etc, etc, make these records both the source of - and an enduring chronological catalog of - one man's tastes that became a nation's, leaving an indelible mark on the culture of our time.
We are currently working with the Space to make John's collection available to the public, so that you can explore it to your heart's content. Ultimately, we'd like to:
The project is run under the auspices of the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts with ongoing development by Klik - along with the invaluable assistance of the Ravenscroft family. The original video content was created by EYE film & TV, with the rather wonderful photography coming courtesy of renowned 78 DJ Dave at The Photo Unit. Get in touch via @johnpeelarchive.