John Peel

Born 30 August 1939. Died 25 October 2004.
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John Peel on Punk

Filmed for BBC Arena's Today Carshalton Beeches, Tomorrow Croydon we see John Peel in 1981 going through the tapes sent to his Radio 1 studio in the wake of the punk revolution

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John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist. He was the longest serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967 until his death in 2004. He was known for his eclectic taste in music and his honest and warm broadcasting style.

He was one of the first broadcasters to play psychedelic rock and progressive rock records on British radio, and he is widely acknowledged for promoting artists working in various genres, including pop, reggae, indie pop, indie rock, alternative rock, punk, hardcore punk, breakcore, grindcore, death metal, British hip hop, electronic music and dance music. Fellow DJ Paul Gambaccini described him as "the most important man in music for about a dozen years".

Peel's Radio 1 shows were notable for the regular "Peel sessions", which usually consisted of four songs recorded by an artist live in the BBC's studios, and which often provided the first major national coverage to bands that later would achieve great fame. Another popular feature of his shows was the annual Festive Fifty countdown of his listeners' favourite records of the year.

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  • Founded Strange Fruit and Dandelion Records

BBC Reviews

  1. Review of FabricLive 07: John Peel

    FabricLive 07: John Peel 2002

    Reviewed by Matt Fernand
    The feel of this thing is more like a compilation tape your mate made you, and that...
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