John Peel was undoubtedly one of the most influential DJs of all time, with his ability to uncover new musical talent rated second to none.
Unsurprisingly, John’s musical tastes were eclectic. His personal music collection comprises literally thousands of vinyl records and CDs, all carefully catalogued, annotated and cross-referenced, both alphabetically and numerically. Thanks to a joint initiative by his family, The John Peel Centre for the Creative Arts, Eye Film and TV, and website company Klik, John’s musical archive is now being made publicly available online.
The John Peel Archive is featuring on The Space (an Arts Council-funded and BBC-supported digital arts service) and will be available to view for 26 weeks from May to October 2012. The idea is for 100 albums to be added to the archive each week. So, yesterday saw the release of the first 100 A’s, while Tuesday 8th May will herald the release of the first 100 B’s, and so on.
Each release of 100 records will be accompanied by a mini documentary on a featured artist for that week, all chosen by members of John’s immediate family.
For more information on the project, check out the The John Peel Centre for the Creative Arts.