John Peel’s record collection to be made available online

The late-great's work isn't done just yet.

23.02.12

Words by: Charlie Jones

Understandably, disc-jockey and champion of the underground, John Peel, had developed quite the record collection in his lifetime. After four decades at the post of BBC’s Radio 1, and eight years on since his passing in 2004, some of his personal collection of 25,000 vinyl LPs are set to become available for fellow audiophiles to browse at their leisure.

As part of the Arts Council project, The Space launching in May, 100 albums will be scanned and uploaded weekly until October. That’s about 2,500 albums, along with personal notes, contributors’ stories and filmed interviews in this first party of the project. With copyright laws being what they are and government agencies being held to account for it, not all the tracks will be available to listen to but you will have a chance to answer that burning question, ‘what is in John Peel’s record collection?’