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Brilliant tribute to Peel here, by the London News Review, interleaved with anecdotes. If you read nothing else today, read that. Great stuff:

When you first listened to Peel, you presumed that it was for some strange group of people whose favourite music was all this new stuff. Then you’d hear Terence Trent d’Arby and he’d read out a letter complaining that there was too much / not enough techno / indie, and you’d get it. It’s not about liking it all. That enormous openness, sometimes scary, sometimes unlistenable, always there: making teenagers appreciate this and reminding his showbiz colleagues that it’s there: that counts for more than any band’s career. Let’s not look back for long. And the BBC can do a lot better as a tribute than a tacky on-screen graphic on BBC3. The only way to keep Peel’s spirit alive is to, well, keep Peel’s spirit alive. Don’t put someone else who likes weird shit into a ghetto slot. Keep broadcasting people who like music, who are unconstrained by genre, sales or cultural significance. And who are also superb DJs. Apart from the dead air. And the wrong speeds. And losing the record he’d just announced.

I can’t believe Mark E. Smith was on Newsnight last night. Peel’s on the front page of just about everything this morning, too. Even Tony Blair had a catch in his throat. Just one more thing – what Andy Kershaw said on Channel 4 last night:

‘The last time I saw him he looked absolutely worn out. We went to a cafe near Radio 1 and I said: “John, you look terrible.” He said: “They’ve moved me from 11pm to one at night and the combination of that and Home Truths (his Radio 4 show) is killing me.” He felt he had been marginalised.’

More here at XRRF.

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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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