This is pretty much the coolest thing ever. In a partnership between John Peel’s family, The John Peel Centre for the Creative Arts, Eye Film and TV, and website company Klik, and sponsored by the BBC and Arts Council England, the record collection of famed BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel will be available for the world at large to peruse via the interwebs.
The beloved disc jockey, who died in October 2004, was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of music of all genres and his supremely cool music tastes. Mr. Peel was an early supporter of The White Stripes and helped introduce them to a wider audience by having them on his show multiple times in 2001 and was a huge collector of their vinyl.
His family have given exclusive access to the collection which includes 25,000 LPs, 40,000 singles and many thousands of CDs.
You can browse the collection at TheSpace.org, complete with the album covers and John’s hand-typed index reference cards for each album.
Please also check out this awesome documentary done on John Peel in 2005 on Channel 4 about John Peel’s “Record Box” which included his favorite records ever:
I’m looking forward to discovering some great music!