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Generally performed with a mixture of manufactured and homemade or improvised instruments, skiffle became extremely popular in the UK in the 1950s, where it was played by such artists as Lonnie Donegan, The Vipers Skiffle Group, Ken Colyer, and Chas McDevitt. JP (1987): "It was principally Donegan. I mean, I listened to the others ... " Read More >
A Tribe Called Quest
Regarded as pioneers of alternative hip hop music, A Tribe Called Quest were formed in St. Albans, Queens, New York in 1985. John Peel played tracks from the ensemble between 1989 and 1991 but appeared to lose enthusiasm for the group after their jazz-influenced second album, ‘The Low End Theory’ ... Read More >
Al Ferrier
In 2005, the Al Ferrier single “I'm Not Drinking More / Don't Play ‘Blue Eyes (Crying In The Rain)'” (Master Trak, 1980) was discovered among the favourite 45s in John Peel's Record Box. The DJ regularly featured both sides of the single by the former rockabilly star, enthusing after "Don’t Play Blue Eyes": "Now that's what I call a country song!" ... Read More >

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BFBS 1982
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Martha & M's
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Ted Hawkins
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Peel TV

Rock Family Trees: The New Merseybeat examines the Eric's generation of Liverpool bands, with Peel narrating (BBC TV, 1996).



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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 groups.io 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.

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