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1111 I'm A Lonesome Fugitive
Originally recorded by Merle Haggard, 'Lonesome Fugitive' was a song Peel enjoyed singing himself, especially to his children on road trips. His favourite version, by Roy Buchanan, turned up regularly on his shows ... Read More >
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1111 Earthworks
JP (1986): "Jumbo and Mary Vanrenen ran Earthworks from their front room, before starting Earthworks Records. The most appealing of the 23 or so Earthworks releases is a compilation called 'The Indestructible Beat of Soweto' ..." Read More >

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Peel TV


Tom Ravenscroft explores his dad's legendary record collection at Peel Acres - BBC Sounds

JP's son Tom Ravenscroft, The Collection (Peel Acres), 2022.


Darryl Hunt, Pogues
4 May 1950 – 8 Aug 2022
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Sam Gooden, Impressions
2 Sep 1934 - 4 Aug 2022
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Jim Sohns, Shadows Of Knight
23 Aug 1946 - 29 Jul 2022


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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. A later Record Boxes series featured selections from the collection by key music figures. All material is now available at John Peel Archive and YouTube.

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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Working with the Ravenscroft family to build a digital archive of John Peel's record collection.