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The time is gone, the song is over


My only ambition was: this is fun, I hope we can make a living out of this
- Rick Wright 1942 - 2008

15 Sep 2008
The family of Richard Wright, founder member of Pink Floyd, announce with great sadness, that Richard died today after a short struggle with cancer.

The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.

Richard Wright
Born 28 July 1943 (65)

No one can replace Richard Wright. He was my musical partner and my friend.

In the welter of arguments about who or what was Pink Floyd, Rick’s enormous input was frequently forgotten.

He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognised Pink Floyd sound.

I have never played with anyone quite like him. The blend of his and my voices and our musical telepathy reached their first major flowering in 1971 on ‘Echoes’. In my view all the greatest PF moments are the ones where he is in full flow. After all, without ‘Us and Them’ and ‘The Great Gig In The Sky’, both of which he wrote, what would ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ have been? Without his quiet touch the Album ‘Wish You Were Here’ would not quite have worked.

In our middle years, for many reasons he lost his way for a while, but in the early Nineties, with ‘The Division Bell’, his vitality, spark and humour returned to him and then the audience reaction to his appearances on my tour in 2006 was hugely uplifting and it’s a mark of his modesty that those standing ovations came as a huge surprise to him, (though not to the rest of us).

Like Rick, I don’t find it easy to express my feelings in words, but I loved him and will miss him enormously.

David Gilmour
Monday 15th September 2008

John Peel’s involvement with The Pink Floyd and their Free Sound goes right the way back to the beginning. Notable moments include the time he played Dark Side of The Moon in it’s entirety and HMV in Oxford St. sold out of blank cassettes. Though this might be an urban myth!


In addition to playing with Pink Floyd, Rick also released two solo albums:
Wet Dreams (1978) and Broken China (1996)

There are a ton of sites out there catering to Pink Floyd including those that both list and share many unreleased live recordings, demos and out-takes, but if you’d rather hear the band in documentary form try this one from BBC radio made by 1992 Wish You’d Been Here – The History of Pink Floyd. You’ll even have a chuckle as Bob Harris continually refers to records as rekids! It’s a DJ thing – he’s always done it. Also read this Rick Wright interview from 1986.


Fades in Slowly
Teenage Kicks
Kat’s Karavan audio: Top Gear including Pink Floyd session (1967)
BigO audio: Peel’s in Concert (1971)
Pink Floyd live at Madison Square Garden (1977) audio: 278.38 MB


Peel Web Roundup (Week 1)

I suppose you lot think I’ve got nothing better to do than trawl the internet looking for links. So what of it? Well besides the usual suspects here are a few nuggets of binary goodness for you to savour…

Time Has Told Me:
“John Peel Presents Top Gear album (BBC REC 52S) issued in 1969
and comprising selected sessions from his “Top Gear” radio show.”

DE SAYS: Includes scans of the BBC vinyl.

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Curly Wurly+:
“For this project I’m going to center on John Peel’s Festive Fifties and other (predominantly American) best-ofs from the 1980-90s. Generally, the Festive Fifty will come mid-week, and another list from the same year will follow by the end of the week. That’s what I’m aiming for, at least. The first two posts will be Festive Fifties 1978 and 1979, and other lists will commence with 1980 in the next week.”

DE SAYS: Consists of several mp3’s – not the actual radio archive.

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If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There’d Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats
“And now, If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger . . . kicks off its New Year’s Eve John Peel extravaganza”

DE SAYS: Scroll down the page to find numerous downloads including: Tim Buckley, Syd Barrett, The Adverts, Billy Bragg, The Smiths and links to a couple of tv programmes featuring John on YouTube

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Sound of the Suburbs:
“30 years of listening to Peel and reading NME , or as my parents said a wasted youth , I think not , I’ll let you judge”

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| Visit (Elastica)…

| Visit (the Only Ones)…

DE SAYS: Various Peel session recordings as indicated above. More in Archives.

BigO Worldwide:
“Joni Mitchell and James Taylor
At The Royal Albert Hall, Oct 28, 1970 [1CD]
The king and queen of new folk were an unlikely match of the sweet, smooth-talking Taylor and the giggly, elfish Mitchell. Together they visited London and were graciously hosted by the BBC’s John Peel whom you can hear introducing the pair. At the time of post-Dylan folk music, much interest was shown to introspective songwriting, hence Peel’s interest.”

DE SAYS: Always worth visiting this site for some interesting ‘Recordings of Indeterminate Origin’, as they refer to them. Bootlegs to you and me.

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And I know I’ve been plugging it a lot but make sure you visit Dandelion Radio for, among other things, the 2006 Festive Fifty. I’ve caught about two thirds of this five hour marathon so far but it’s being repeated all through January so there’s still time. And if, like me, you’ve not really been ‘on the ball’ as far as keeping up with music lately it’s a good time to catch up as they’re playing some cracking songs. If you need reminding, they live here: Dandelion Radio

And finally to every blog owner that believes they are doing the right thing by being responsible and, God forbid, politically (spit!) correct by editorialising any mention of the Jarvis’ track down to ‘Running The World’ – I know where you cunts live. I do hope 2007 isn’t going to be a further decent into the puss-filled quagmire of Corporate Mentality by otherwise normal minded individuals. I think I’ll make the effort to be especially cantancorous this year – that’ll cheer me up. Hmm, feeling better already…


John Peel Programming on BBC 6 Music This Week


John Peel

*(I apologise for jumping ahead with what I presumed were the correct real audio links. I have given myself a stern talking to. Get the full six hours! below) plus Monday’s Top Gear programme.

6 Music Plays It Again will be extended by half an hour this week as the network remembers the late, great broadcaster John Peel. The week starts with John’s debut BBC radio broadcast, as Pete Drummond’s co-presenter on Radio 1’s Top Gear programme, back in October 1967.

Extracts from Peeling Back The Years, provide the opportunity to enjoy John Peel in conversation with his great friend and producer John Walters. Recorded in 1987, the series provides an insight into John Peel the music fan and the DJ.

The series goes on to explore the British music scene, and John’s own impact upon it, from the early 70s, through the punk explosion and into the 80s.

The archive programming is introduced by 6 Music Presenters Tom Robinson and Steve Lamacq who got together, over a mic, to remember their friend and colleague.

Monday 24 Oct
Top Gear

The week starts with John’s debut BBC radio broadcast, as Pete Drummond’s co-presenter on Radio 1’s Top Gear programme, back in October 1967. The playlist is typically eclectic, opening with Martha & the Vandellas, and embracing The Hollies, The Bee Gees, The Velvet Underground and session tracks from Pink Floyd along the way.

direct link: rtsp://

Tue 25 – Thu 27 October
Peeling Back the Years

Originally recorded as 6 one hour documentaries in 1987, Peeling Back The Years is an opportunity to enjoy John Peel in conversation with his great friend and producer John Walters.

The documentaries have been re-edited to 3 one-hour shows for broadcast (Tues-Thu) but You can listen online to the compete 6 hours of programmes.

direct links (complete 6 hours):
“Listen again to episodes 5 and 6 of Peeling Back The Years
in full from 2100hrs on Thu 27 Oct”


Edited version (as if you would!)

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