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Oh no… John Peel’s dead. That’s terrible – both for his family and friends, and for rock music. How did one man manage to remain consistently cool – no, ahead of cool – for 40 years? JP was like that guy at school a few years older than you who had the most eclectic and wonderful stuff in his record collection, which he’d bring in and let you borrow. He was like that to the whole British nation. If British music (all British music, after all he was a great champion of Welsh rock – particularily Datblygu – when no-one else outside Wales gave a monkeys) has any kind of reputation around the world today, it’s because of him.
Radio 1 ran a brief newsflash, followed by the whole of Teenage Kicks. The proper version.

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