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Peter Everett – You’ll Never Be Sixteen Again

A message from Peter Everett, producer of the BBC documentary series narrated by ‘our John’, – You’ll Never Be Sixteen Again.

As the producer of ‘You’ll Never Be Sixteen Again’ I’d like to say thanks for making it available to a whole new generation of listeners. The book of the series is available free to be read in full on my website
Keep the faith,
Peter Everett

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Your Chance To Feature In New Peel Book

Quick Intro Then Down To Business:
Lots to get through so I shall be posting at least once a day for the entire week. Well that’s the plan at least, which doesn’t even leave me any time to show off my Fender Classic 60’s Jazz Bass – the envy of all me neighbours. “Turn it up”, they shout. “Gimme more dem righteous riddims white boy”, they yell, banging on the wall. Ah bless ’em. One thing I must stress is don’t miss Mark Lamarr’s Reggae Show back on the radio every Wednesday. This week Mark talks to reggae Musician/Producer/Legend Tapper Zukie. Anyone have recordings of the first series from a few years ago called ‘Beginners Guide to Reggae’? I’d love to hear some of those again.

Your Chance To Feature In New Peel Book:
Now then, a new book regarding John Peel or more specifically the Mix Tapes we all used to make, is in progress and each of us has an oppurtunity to be a part of it. To fill in the background to this project I’ll defer to it’s author Martyn Baldock:

“I am someone who grew up listening to John Peel. He informed my musical being. Now I have grown up, (and some), I am a photographer and I’m currently making a book about fellow Peel fans. Well, not the actual fans, but their tapes. The tapes that they recorded from Peel shows. Tapes of sessions, shows and festive fifties.

I came up with the idea after re-finding my collection of festive fifty tapes. It is sad but I had stashed them away as redundant (stereo ‘upgrade’ left me without tape deck). It is unlikely I will play the tapes ever again as I have now sourced mp3 versions to fuel my i-pod. However, tapes hold an aesthetic appeal to me and I want to document this form of technology before people start to dispose of it.

Although physical cassettes are all very similar the content and labelling are unique to each tape.

The book will be very simple – images of tapes, maybe some text about the owner and the content of the tape.

I am writing to appeal for tapes. For this project to work I need lots of tapes to photograph. I am hoping that each ‘home taper’ will be prepared to lend me one of their favourite Peel tapes. For it to work I need to photograph each tape in an identical manner. I will need to borrow the physical tape to photograph in controlled conditions in my studio.

I can assure you that I will respect the irreplaceable nature of your tape; I will be very careful. If you are a willing participant then I will send you a stamped addressed, recorded delivery, waterproof envelope, for you to send me the tape. Once I have photographed it I will return it in the same manner, without delay.

As well as taking the form of a book this project will be exhibited in London in July. Any participants will get to see their tape featured in a variety of different mediums. I can also assure you of anonymity if desired.

If you are interested please email me and I will be really chuffed to advise you accordingly.

Best Wishes
Martyn Baldock”

Sounds like a great idea to me. Would be a good opportunity for all those that know each other to feature side-by-side. Hopefully Martyn will keep me informed of progress and we’ll certainly be coming back to this one. Hmmm, Martyn about those recordings of yours…

Check back for more Peel related news and downloads all this week plus those of you waiting on dvd’s, they’re being mailed out this week – finally.

Oh and a final P.S. I’ve been forced to change over to the New Blogger which means – as usual – some of the code behind these pages may break, so if you see anything really terrible on your platform/browser combo please let me know so I can fix it. Thanks :)


More John Peel For Sale

It looks like the BBC has finally come around to truly appreciate the unique talents of Sir John Peel. To cash-in, excuse me, to tie-in with the second annual John Peel Day BBC Enterprises release John Peel Remembered and Home Truths: The Peel Years & Beyond on the 2nd of October and 2nd of November respectively.

Am I being overly cynical or is it perhaps easier for the BBC to appreciate John PeelTM the brand over the previous awkwardly principled living breathing model?

John Peel Remembered includes the Radio 4 Book of the Week serialisation of Margrave of the Marshes, Peel’s part-written autobiography completed by his wife, Sheila Ravenscroft and a Home Truths Special, a special programme to mark the anniversary of John Peel’s death, in which Tom Robinson visits Peel Acres to meet John’s wife Sheila and their four children. Available on tape and CD.

BBC Radio 4’s Home Truths, which was hosted by John Peel from 1998 until his death in 2004, had a hugely dedicated following. The programme became synonymous with Peel and with his family, as well as his unique and eccentric views on British life, which were reflected in the people he chose to contribute to the programme.

From an autistic child who’s a brilliant magician, to the Page 3 girl who became a mayor; and from a man betrayed by his best friend to a fire-eater in a giant, pink rabbit’s suit, Home Truths was at its strongest when it juxtaposed the inspiring with the humorous, the moving with the idiosyncratic. Never sentimental, it was often incredibly moving and, in the voice of John Peel in particular, managed to be enquiring without being voyeuristic, concerned but never ingratiating.

This collection of the best stories from the programme reflects the particular character of the show and its contributors, ranging between comedy and tragedy, eccentricity and inspiration. A perfect bedside companion, and a book for dipping into, Home Truths: The Peel Years and Beyond wonderfully evokes the true flavour and voices of British life. Available in Hardback book.


John Peel programme on BBC World Service

The Music Biz

“As a mark of respect on the first anniversary of his death, this week’s Music Biz pays tribute to the legendary BBC World Service music presenter John Peel with a half hour special programme.

Mark Coles will be looking at the massive influence he has had on DJ’s and presenters around the world and explores what made him unique.

There is also a report from the recent John Peel concert which took place in London and featured many of his favourite acts from over his thirty-seven year BBC career.

Elsewhere, John’s widow Sheila Ravenscroft explains how the family decided to complete his half-finished autobiography and her recollections of travelling with John to countries like Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Japan and Russia in search of new music.”

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Margrave of the Marshes by John Peel & Sheila Ravenscroft

BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week. 24th to 28th October 2005
Margrave of the Marshes by John Peel & Sheila Ravenscroft
9.45-10.00am, repeated 12.30-12.45am

Excerpts from John Peel’s much anticipated Biography gets an airing next week, Monday 24th October to Friday 28th October 09:45. Details will appear here:

Listen via the BBC Radio Player:

Listen via your media player:

Save files to your PC:

To save these radio streams to your PC use Flashget/StreamDown or similar – search google for more info. I’ll add more about how to do this for the uninitiated at some point soon. And for more ways to recieve BBC Radio see:

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