Peel Record Collection To Go Online In May

A large part of the late John Peel’s gigantic record collection is to be put online at The Space. Online visitors will be able to peruse some of the Peel’s 25,000 vinyl albums. The 40,000 singles and CDs will go online at a later date.

The abiltity to listen to the discs will depend on copyright although all the original artwork, plus Peel’s personal notes and video interviews are to be included.

Peel’s widow, Sheila Ravenscroft said: “We’re very happy that we’ve finally found a way to make John’s amazing collection available to his fans, as he would have wanted.”

Director of the John Peel Centre, Tom Barker added: “What we’re hoping to do is create an online interactive museum which which answers the question ‘what is in John Peel’s record collection?’ but also provides the audience with a visualisation of it. We hope that giving them access to a particular band or their first album or listening to his show will inspire people to tell us their stories. This is the first step in the journey of making one of the most important archives in modern music history available completely.”

The project is set to begin in May. 100 LP albums are expected to appear week by week.

Inside John Peel’s Record Box – click here

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