Isn’t it depressing to realise that of the millions who own “Sgt. Pepper” the vast majority consider it as just another Beatles record, rather than the beautiful thing that it is. John, Paul, George and Ringo—even their names have become a cliche. I tend to forget that they are human because by their music, they have become part of what I think of as “God.” But, there again, so have you. Can you scream at a man locked in a sparkling castle or can you scream at God? As I left the cinema on the trendy 14 bus I realised that I love them for the joy that they have brought me, for their honesty and for somehow surviving the past four years. On the other hand I pity them for their inability to walk unmarked in Hyde Park; for the sadness of being unable to stand in Oxford Street and mourn the barriers that make the inches between myself and some other wanderer into the most impenetrable barrier on Earth. They must miss the simple joy of drinking coffee in small cafes with friends who share their poverty with you.

John Peel, International Times: Perfumed Garden (column). (October 27th-November 9th, 1967)

Joy Division “The Peel Sessions” 1979/1986 release on Strange Fruit Records. Joy Division’s 4-song EP recorded and broadcast for BBC’s Radio One with John Peel went to #4 in the UK. At the time of the show in February ‘79, none of the songs had been released. It includes “Transmission,” Joy Division’s groundbreaking debut single on Factory Records which they released in October ‘79, “She’s Lost Control,” which is on Joy Davison’s debut Unknown Pleasures (June ‘79) and also was released as a 12″ single in 1980, “Insight” (also on Unknown Pleasures) and “Exercise One” which they recorded during the Unknown Pleasures sessions but did not appear on any physical releases until the 1981 Still compilation (Factory Records). The EP is fantastic: dark, lush, innovative and their live in-studio recording is pretty much flawless. 

August 30, 1939: Birth of John Peel, BBC radio DJ. journalist and TV presenter, born John Robert Parker Ravenscroft. Peel died in Cuzco, Peru of a heart attack on October 25, 2004 at the age of 65. He was one of the most popular and respected DJs in the UK.  

DJ John Peel was born on this day in 1939. The musical taste was strongly influenced by some of the things he played, when most of the others did not play yet. Meticulously-catalogued collection includes 25,000 LPs, 40,000 singles and many thousands of CD

happy birthday... MASTER, to the great man John Peel on what would have been his 81st birthday John Peel played ‘Little Johnny Jewel Part 1’ by Television on his landmark punk special show in Dec 1976. In 1998, the New York band’s debut LP, ‘Marquee Moon’, would feature in the top 100 albums on Music Of The Millennium, a TV show hosted by Peel and Jo Whiley .Television is an American rock band from New York City, most notably active in the 1970s. The group was founded by Tom Verlaine, Richard Lloyd, Billy Ficca, and Richard Hell. An early fixture of CBGB and the 1970s New York rock scene, the band is considered influential in the development of punk and alternative music.Television's music was by comparison clean, improvisational, and technically proficient, drawing influence from avant-garde jazz and 1960s rock.

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