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Friday, October 29, 2004 9:54 AM
Celebrating the passion of John Peel
Anita Sharpe on Passionate Work

Reader (and friend) Martin Flaherty writes below about the passion and importance of British broadcaster John Peel, who just died at age 65. Peel's life is a fabulous model for living your own truth and, by doing so, adding more joy to the world. Thanks, Martin, for sending this:

'I know you get spammed with this sort of thing, but it is not only
worthwhile, but necessary, to take a moment and a few kilobytes of
space on your blog to thank God and the BBC for John Peel. For more
than thee decades John Peel gave listeners of BBC's Radio One and those
of us who broadcast his sessions over the college airwaves here in the
states, a perspective on creativity and a lesson in cool. Everyone from
Elton John (pre-outfits) to Morissey to Pulp acknowledge his greatness
and willingness to bypass the payola and AR hype-misters and simply
play what he saw as 'good'. And in about seven out of ten instances, he
was dead-on.

Peel was simply a guy who played what he knew was good. His genius was
foregoing convention and focusing on what was quality.

With the homogenization of our media, and the lack of broadcast outlets
for musicians, the John Peel Sessions were a ray of reality in an
otherwise preshrunk, branded and packaged world.'

1 comment

Marvin Cooper - 10/30/2004 1:50:32 PM
Couldn't agree more. Peel was a legend in authentic music. Please keep his sessions alive on college radio


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