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CERN's Tape storage

CERN's Tape storage

This John Peel archivist dreams of a facility like CERN’s Tape storage.

source: flickr


Pledge Your Support for Andy Kershaw

Andy Kershaw
Following today’s news I just wanted to say that I hope Andy bounces back and doesn’t allow anyone to use this against him in the petty way that some people seem to enjoy.

I personally want to hear Andy Kershaw back on BBC Radio 3 doing what he does best.

Please add your comments of support to let the boy Kershaw know that we miss him and want him back.

And if the Beeb gets sniffy about bringing him back then it’s petition and campaign time (based on the assumption he does wish to return to Radio 3 as was of course.)

Leave your words of support for Andy below. Word on the Internet gets around you know. Here’s hoping it reaches you Andy :)

Andy Kershaw

Andy Kershaw: Champion of ‘World Music’

| BBC News
| Guardian
| Andy Kershaw’s BBC Site
| Andy Kershaw’s tribute to John Peel (mp3) (115mins/59MB)
– Credit to Steve at Bowblog, and thanks to The Peel Tapes
now I go rest me poor little eyes

— post update: 2009/04/28 ——————————————————————————
Thank you to Marseille for this…

It’s still possible to hear a selection of Andy’s programmes over at the BBC Radio 3 website.

Here’s one I converted to mp3 today for your iPodding pleasure.

On-Location Audio Features: Andy Kershaw in Marseille.

Always a fan of the cultural mix to be found in port towns, Andy went to the biggest port in Europe – Marseille, allegedly the most racially harmonious of all of France’s cities, and home to musicians from around the globe. From medieval Occitan polyphony and reggae, to Maghreb rap and a piano-playing godfather of Algerian Rai, taking in Pacific Creole and Congolese rumba à la sauce provencale, Andy uncovers a powerful sense of a personal and musical identity which is unique to Marseille.

Part 1 (Listen via RealAudio stream)
Part 1 (Download converted MP3)
Part 2 (Listen via RealAudio stream)
Part 2 (Download converted MP3)

Andy Kershaw in Marseille
Kershaw Radio 3 Programme Archive


Quick News Roundup

A few items that I was planning to post before the really shitty news about Tony Wilson. Although stirrings of a normal service being resumed here should be treated with the utmost contempt, I don’t think I ought to let the aproach of John Peel’s birthdate, 30th August (1939,) go without some special attention. But for now…


Radio 1 40th anniversary – BBC Request
(courtesy of the superlative Peel newsgroup)

Hello there,

I’m putting together a ‘Best of John Peel’ programme for Radio 1’s 40th anniversary, and need your help!

I wondered if you or any of your listeners had any favourite John moments or quotes from John’s Radio 1 shows (and if they remember when it was, even better) – and if so if they could please e-mail me asap. I’ll then see if we have those moments in our archives and try to include them in the programme..

Hope you can help!

All the best,


BBC Radio 1
l Yalding House | 152-156 Great Portland St | London W1N 6AJ

Contact Simon here: (I’m sure the beeb have more than adequate spam filtering in place otherwise I wouldn’t normally publish an email address in this way.)


The Launch of Unpredictable Porridge

Dear music fan

You subscribed to John Peel’s Unpredictable Porridge page. The project has been a long time in the building process, but we now want to provide you with an exclusive 7-day window in which you have the first opportunity to upload your material to the site before it goes public.

Gohereto register, then upload your biog, images and audio. Your music and contact details will be ported straight through to the inboxes of Universal’s A&R heads as well as being available for the public to enjoy.

If you’re not a musician and simply an avid music fan, then hold tight for the public launch of Unpredictable Porridge where you will be able to stream the best new and unsigned music in the UK.

This site will continue the legacy of John Peel, you can upload your new musical creations and check out other emerging talent.

Regardless of what style of music you are into, or whether you like to play music, create music, or just listen to music; this site will be for you. John’s son William, and Universal Music are seeking to further John’s commitment by providing real opportunities and potential record deals for emerging acts. This new interactive portal will be all about your ideas, your talent and your passion for music.

Unpredictable Porridge


John Peel Round Table 1978

Sound Engineer Iain Roberton has kindly offered to attempt a clean up of an old edition of BBC Radio 1’s Round Table with Kid Jenson, Kate Bush and John Peel. The recording can best be described as shite and offers several technical challenges, but mostly it requires much of time and patience. It is not simply a noise removal and EQ job. Serious offers of help from audiophile masochists can request a disc containing the 300+MB wav file by emailing me at the usual address.


Peelenium Request

Hi Gary

I was sorry to read you’ve been having health problems, I hope that you will be feeling better soon.

I was wondering if, with your extensive knowledge of the Peel Internet community, you could help me locate a download of the Peelennium shows, specifically the 1931 edition.

I lost the recording of this through typical negligence almost as soon as I’d made it. It featured two beautiful tracks, Just A Gigolo performed by Bing Crosby with the Gus Arnheim Orchestra and Dona Clara by Leyton & Johnstone, a Black vocal duo who seem to have no Internet presence. This version of Dona Clara is unlike more familiar versions, played in a soft, lilting style.

I once saw a compilation of Leyton & Johnstone’s work in Tower Records Piccadilly. It did not contain that track so I did not snap it up, not knowing then how rare and obscure their work had become.

Apart from being a wonderful piece of music which I want to hear again, the track also has special significance for my Grandmother Edith, now in her 90s. It was a favourite song of her older brother Will whom she idolised and who died tragically young.

I know it is a lot to ask, especially in view of your own health problems, but if you think you might be able to help (maybe you could refer me to a Peel or 1930s music fanatic) you would have my deepest gratitude.

Yours truly

Howard Flaxa

Progress can be read at my other blog: here.


And finally…

Updates here have been scarce because I needed (still?) a good long break from everything. The fact that some cunt deleted all the Peel links at rapidshare doesn’t help. Why do people need to publicly prove their immaturity? I do have plenty of files to share but I’ve not decided the best method yet.

Don’t forget the torrent feed though!

Special thanks to Jon Horne for his recent message who has long been a big inspiration behind john peel everyday. Kent at KSR for sourcing me a splendid Kurzweil and thus providing a renewed interest in life.


A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit Peel.

PepsiPeelie by DomesticEmpire
PepsiPeelie by DomesticEmpire

Early data culled from my Peel Media Audit reveal 80 plus ‘mix’ tapes, although these do feature a fair degree of the Peelster rather than being a pure selection of song grabs. I was listening to number nine in the car today and damn it sounded good. Dubster has uploaded a few of these recently, from duffpaddy among others, and one of the most interesting aspects is how everybody’s individual taste produces a tape that sounds like nobody else’s. It would be great if we could find compilations from the same general time period but from several different sources to hear the programmes from a different musical perpective. If you see what I mean! Included in that are some ‘themed specials’ I did: 4x’Ambient Peels’ & 3x’Techno Peels’. There is also the John Peel’s Seasonal Selection from ’97 (3xC90’s). ‘Pulp For Peel‘, where they sat in for him I think. Some ‘live to air’ sessions including Stereolab etc and Glastonbury bits. The Festive 50 from ’94, ’95, 96, ’98 plus more lurking somewhere – it would be great to get as many as possible and make a torrent perhaps? John Peel Night from 16th December 2004 spread across six minidiscs. Not to mention loads of odds and sods and numerous complete programmes from differnt periods – nothing that’s been uploaded previously from what I tell. Plus a host of tv programmes that I think I mentioned in an earlier post, most of which I’ve never seen uploaded anywhere before – still trying to locate that This Is Your Life programme too (it’s here somewhere), but that stuff will have to wait until I sort out a decent capture card or invest in a stand-alone dvd recorder. Anyway that’s a brief overview for now :)

In other news: I’m itching to rip this bastard drive out of my laptop and fit the brand new one I bought today. The present one failed a couple of months ago and it’s been touch and go as to whether I get past the ‘Back Up Your Data Immediately – We’re All Going To Die’ message every time I boot the thing and press ‘F1 To Continue’. I’ve lost much data due to it’s instability but have persevered for several rather dull reasons I won’t bore you with but today, well tomorrow now – it’s late, is Transplant Donor Day. Once that’s done I can begin transferring all the files I want to upload safe in the knowledge that doing so will be at a leisurely pace without fretting over the next inevitable crash – hard to believe I used to earn my living working in IT isn’t it….oh, no maybe not then?

So where is this post going? No idea frankly. Just wanted to fill you in on what’s going on really. I was going to explain something of my present state of health but then I thought better of it. I don’t want to sound as if I’m angling for any kind of sympathy or anything like that. Suffice to say that today was the first time I’d been out of the house in several weeks and it felt ok.

So all being well I’ll be back I’ll be back on this ageing but dedicated Sony shortly and resuming business with an august vigour that’ll be the envy of all who survey me. Failing that I’ll cobble together parts for a desktop pc and use a migraine inducing CRT.

And finally to finish up, some Peel video…

Record Shopping With John Peel (15 June 2002):
“John couldn’t come to Sonar and not come away without a few choice tunes from the Sonar Record Fair…”

Table Football World Cup (Glastonbury 2002):
“During Jo Whiley’s show the cream of Radio 1 DJ talent and members from Idlewild, Cooper Temple Clause and Lost Prophets & John Peel battled it out for the Table Football World Cup. Check out the videos and pictures.”

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