Dead Men Left

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

John Peel

Bugger. This is another big loss.

John Peel, the veteran DJ who discovered dozens of major bands during a broadcasting career spanning 40 years, has died after suffering a heart attack.

For years now, I think I've had Peel - if not actually dictating my musical tastes - as less acting as a voice of (something like) wisdom when confronted by CD racks. My tenuous grasp on the "hip" and the "happening" will slip all the further, I fear. More tributes at the BBC site.