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‎‎Detroit Cobras
Detroit Cobras are an American garage rock band from Detroit, Michigan. JP (on 'Life, Love and Leaving', 2001): "This is I'm afraid an LP that you do have to have. I don't often say that but it really is the case. If you don't, people will point at you in the street and laugh" ... Read More >
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Pere Ubu
The Pere Ubu track 'Final Solution' was played during Peel's first punk special in December 1976, devoted exclusively to protopunk, punk and a new Damned session. A couple of years later, the DJ included ‘The Modern Dance’ in his 20 top albums of 1978. ... Read More >
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Louie Louie
'Louie Louie' was one of three songs – along with ‘Hang On Sloopy’ and ‘Gloria’ - that Peel later claimed promoters in Oklahoma in the mid-1960s would ask whether a band could play; if the answer was positive, they would get the gig. The three-chord simplicity ... Read More >

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ITV News, 26th October 2004)

Death of Peel reported on BBC News At Six (1:24 – 7:06), ITV News (8:40 - 13:04), 26 Oct 2004.



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Record Collection: Details of the first 100 LPs of each letter of John Peel's record collection were released at The Space website in 2012, including unexpected items featuring Spoken Word, Comedy, Classical and Opera. All material is now available at John Peel Archive and YouTube. Since Sept. 2014, a new Record Boxes series features selections from the collection by key music figures.

Peel Mailing List: Long hosted by Yahoo, the online group dedicated to Peel moved to at the end of Nov. 2019.

If you have tapes of vintage Peel shows that you would like to share or get help converting to digital formats, please contact the Peel Mailing List, where you will find many people keen to help you.

The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts is a vibrant venue run by enthusiastic volunteers in Stowmarket, Suffolk. Music, dance, theatre & visual arts.


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