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John Peel Has Died

The broadcaster, John Peel [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Peel], was the champion of British rock music. For nearly 40 years, his late-night Radio 1 programme led the way in promoting new acts, from David Bowie, through Joy Division to Lamar.  He died this morning of a heart attack [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/3955369.stm].

One of my earliest memories is listening to Peel playing the three Deaths on his show - Death, Napalm Death and Lawnmower Deth - and later and more memorably probably the worst single ever recorded - Boing by the Rotterdam Termination Squad - to win a bet from one of his listeners. Like the great hollywood artists, he will not be replaced.

[Update july 2006 : His autobiography, Margrave of the Marshes [http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0552551198/hmobiuscom-21], is available on Amazon]

Posted on October 26, 2004   #Megaphone  

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