John Peel's record collection to be made into online museum Legendary DJ's collection to be part of Arts Council and BBC-backed interactive projectJohn Peel passed away of a heart attack in 2004, and left a legacy of excellent music behind.
Peel's collection, which contains 25,000 LPs, 40,000 singles and many thousands of CDs, will become part of The Space, a new experimental digital service organised and funded by the Arts Council and the BBC.
The Arts Council will provide initial funding while the BBC will provide support and development advice. Further funding will be sought in the future to complete the project and make every record available online.
Tom Barker, Director, John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, said: "It is the first step in creating an interactive online museum with access to the entire collection, one of the most important archives in modern music history."-[NME]
His "Peel Sessions" have featured everyone from Cocteau Twins to Belle & Sebastian to Napalm Death to Joy Division to ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead to Bolt Thrower, and pretty much serves as a who's who of some of the great bands of the 20th century and beyond. Watch Joy Division below...