Music Lovers on Loving Music: The Release of the John Peel Archives
It’s not every day that news of the release of a radio disk jockey’s music collection makes serious waves, but in this case, all bets are off. Late last week, the family of the late John Peel announced that they, in conjunction with with the John Peel Centre for the Creative Arts and Eye Film and TV will begin the publicly releasing material from the musical archives of the beloved BBC Radio host and trailblazer extraordinaire, beginning tomorrow, May 1, at The Space. Each installment will contain one hundred albums (beginning with the first hundred A’s), and is set to include John’s copious notes as well as various associated personal materials. Beyond that, a new hundred albums will be added to the archives every week, for the next six months; something well worth looking forward to on new music Tuesdays.
John’s contribution to music as a whole was immeasurable, and so to be given the gift of being able to sift through his personal collection is to be able to see just how far his reach truly was. For me and my part, I can say were it not for him, so many artists whose work changed my life forever would not have seen the light of day, and as an artist, musician, curator, and fan, I am forever in his debt.
For more information on just what will be included in this incredible living archive, check out this article over at the Guardian. Meanwhile, if you want to keep up-to-date as the details emerge, their team is releasing announcements and updates over at their Twitter (and you can find them on Facebook, too).
And finally, happy music nerding!