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John in the studioJohn Peel was one of Brtain's most loved broadcasters.

With a whiplash wit, a dry delivery and a total adoration and love of music in all its forms, Peel was a true one-off.

There was more to John Peel than spinning discs, curating the famous Peel Sessions and supporting bands with names like You've Got Foetus On Your Breath and Napalm Death.

You may not know that he 'did time' in the army and he battled bullies at a posh boarding school. Glad to say he came out on top and with a healthy disregard for authority.

You also may not know that he sailed the high seas as a pirate (of sorts) and was known in his day to be quite a looker, winning the mass adoration from thousands of screaming teenage Beatlemaniacs across the Atlantic. His Liverpudlian roots were to blame for that!

Hopefully this biography will give you a little more insight into the man behind the microphone, splash a bit of colour on a kaleidoscopic life, and explain exactly why John Peel is so greatly missed by so many music fans.

Various tidbits about John's personal life.

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