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John Peel's record collection online today

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Today is a momentous day in music history, as fans finally get a glimpse at one of the most important record collections on the planet.

John PeelAfter much hype and speculation music lovers can now delve into the music owned by John Peel, arguably one of the most important in UK music.

From today, 100 of the DJs collection will be placed one line in alphabetical order starting with the ‘A’s’ until October when the project will be completed. Fans can see the covers and listen on Spotify to some of the key albums in the collection.

The late DJ’s vaults allegedly contain 25,000 LPs, 40,000 singles and “many thousands” of CDs. In addition Peel-lovers can listen to extracts from his shows, infamous Peel sessions (most bands worth a listen performed for Peel at some point) and videos of the DJ.

In the words of Sheila Ravenscroft, John Peel’s widow, “Even just within those first 100 records from each letter, I think people are going to be very interested as to what’s in the collection. I think they will be amused and intrigued by it.“There’ll be information about the record sleeve, front and back, all the information about the record itself, as well as whether John rated the album or not.”

“Then out of those first 100, we’ve chosen one artist that we’re honing in on, that we’re going to do a special thing on each week.”

The Space, funded by the Arts Council, gives a unique insight into the DJ who shaped popular music from the 1960s up to his death in 2004.

Check out Peel’s collection at: http://thespace.org/content/s000004u/index.html

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