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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Le roi est mort

John Peel is dead.

I've been listening to Peel on the BBC World Service for more than 25 years. When the BBC stopped broadcasting on shortwave to North America a few years ago and shifted their focus here toward news programs rebroadcast on local public radio outlets, one of the arguments I made against their move was that there would be no more John Peel for North America. And now there's no more John Peel.


There are DJs and there are DJs, but there was only one John Peel. He is irreplaceable. His taste in music was all-encompassing, and every time I listened to him, I could count on hearing something I'd never heard before. Punk rock, African pop, Techno, it was all good music to him. He was a giant among men. There is nobody else like him. And now there's nobody like him at all.

Fuckity fuckity fuck fuck fuck.

(Found via Suw Charman's Chocolate and Vodka.)

Posted at 12:00 PM


Note: I’m tired of clearing the spam from my comments, so comments are no longer accepted.

I saw that this morning and thought immediately of you. :( The world of music will never be the same. :(

Posted by sis at 1:29 PM, October 26, 2004 [Link]

i feel as if i've lost a friend i haven't talked to in a long time. yes, he was a giant and an iconoclast and i miss him sorely.

Posted by shirley at 1:50 PM, October 26, 2004 [Link]

Very Very Sad.

Posted by lilbro at 8:08 PM, October 26, 2004 [Link]

ah shit. that's so not good news. such a loss to the world.

Posted by deb at 1:40 AM, October 27, 2004 [Link]

Check out this ditty in honor of the late-great John Peel. Peel.html

Posted by BarbraAnn at 1:43 PM, October 27, 2004 [Link]


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