Digitizing John Peel’s Record Collection

John Peel was the greatest DJ of all time. He introduced reggae to the UK and tempted his listeners with what he thought people would like rather than playing the sure hits.

The BBC and the English Arts council announced that they are digitizing his record collection, spanning 40,000 vinyl singles and 25,000 vinyl LPs.

Even though the actual music won’t be digitized, we’ll still be able to google away at his collection. I’m sure half is his collection can’t be heard or found. Peel went that deep into music.

One of the last records Peel made was a mix for Fabric, the progressive London night club. It might be the most educational record you’ll ever hear, combining rock, reggae, drum n bass, and commentary from Peel’s favorite football club Liverpool.

I miss Peel. I made a poster of him after he died. It reminds me to keep discovering.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.