John Peel may very well be the most important/signifigant/cool DJ and critic that has ever lived. After almost forty years at the BBC, Peel has championed some of the most influential and legendary bands that have ever existed. With a seemingly unfaltering taste and keen ear, Peel has paved the way for some of the biggest musical movements for decades.
Peel passed away in 2004 at the age of 65, landing a serious blow to music fans the world over.
Fortunately, tomorrow marks the unveiling of a project called thespace. Sheila Ravenscroft, Peel's widow, has made possible the curating and exhibition of some of the most important parts of Peels unfathomably extensive record collection, consisting of over 65,000 pieces. Starting tomorrow, thespace will unveil 2,600 of Peels most interesting and important albums, which comes out to about 100 per week. This serves as a personal and historically significant look into the collection of a man who tirelessly promoted and broadcast music that he felt was relevant and exciting. Fortunately for us, we thought it was relevant and exciting as well.
thespace goes live tomorrow with the first 100 records. Due to copyright laws, not all of the albums posted will offer streaming songs, however links to buy or listen will be available.
Follow the progress @johnpeelarchive
Find the exhibition at www.thespace.org