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26 October, 2004

RIP John Peel

The news broke about an hour ago: John Peel has died at the age of 65, while on holiday in Peru.

One of the very few 'celebs' who ever really mattered to me, he'll be greatly missed.  It's like a highly-respected family member has gone.  I don't think I've ever been so personally affected by the death of someone I didn't know myself.

This is also a loss to the nation.  I've just done a quick search, and this is the lead story on the websites of all UK national newspapers (even the Financial Times) at present.

In championing new music since the Sixties, he personally introduced punk, reggae and hip-hop, amongst other styles, to the UK, well before they entered the mainstream.  Now what do we do?

Comments

it's so sad and i don't know what to do. it's like a close friend has gone. i loved his shows and there's no one like him or plays what he played let alone with his sense of humour. i still don't believe it's true.

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Posted by henners at October 29, 2004 01:07 PM
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