All about the wonderful life of John Peel-the man who helped everyone discover punk ,made us think about alternative music, and didn’t rate Oasis.

Today we mourn the passing of music’s ultimate forecasting machine, John Peel the man who helped everyone discover punk made us think about alternative music and didn’t rate Oasis.

The Peel sessions where he championed new music lasted for 25 years. Here new bands were previewed after a day of recording live at the BBC studios in Maida Vale. Its astounding looking back at the last 10 years yet alone the last 25 that with the commercialisation of Radio they lasted so long. The sessions gave much needed exposure to many of the real bands which enliven and influence our lives today. From the Clash and Blur to Pulp (a few times) to Supergrass, Bowie and the White Stripes, they all started or maintained their credibility here.

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