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He has 25,000 LPs apparently. I wonder how many he actually paid for, most were probably just sent in for him to play on air.
I'm looking forward to this! Even if you can't hear them, just seeing what's there will be so interesting/fun.
The whole point about Peel was that he was up-to-the-minute and a champion of new material. This effectively turns him into a stuffed exhibit under glass.
He championed new music, but he did play old stuff as well. And the amount of music in the collection that people wont have heard before...? And its examining his legacy now, while other people are pushing new music.
Depends what you mean by 'new' music though, doesn't it? I should think the vast majority of this music will be new to me and many others too.
he played loads of old stuff too remember. Having such a large and diverse collection can only inspire people to seek out new music themselves. It was listening to Peel as a kid which made me realise you didn't have to be into one genre of music or be a snob about it, just listen to and explore everything with an open mind.
Back in the early eighties I read an interview where he said that he'd had to have his flooring reinforced to support the weight. There was a picture of a huge a amount of shelving (and a cool old gramophone with one of those big brass horns).
He also said he didn't have room to keep everything he was sent.
Where you could win a garage full of his records. I imagine his family may well have grabbed a fair few of them too (which is perfectly reasonable, of course)
since he died. Still miss you John.