John Peel’s Record Collection as an Online Archive

Ever wondered what musical gems you could find if you were allowed to root through John Peel’s impressive record collection? Wonder no more – the online museum project The Space has turned the late radio DJ’s collection into an online archive that allows you to browse his catalogue aurally and visually.

John Peel, famed for uncovering new music during his nearly 40 years as a radio DJ, died in 2004 at the age of 65. His widow, Sheila Ravenscroft told the BBC, ‘We’re very happy that we’ve finally found a way to make John’s amazing collection available to his fans, as he would have wanted.

The online archive will due to include roughly 25,000 of his vinyl LPs. Peel’s catalogue also feature singles and CDs, though The Space project will focus on the vinyl first.

The project has currently secured funding in order to upload 100 records a week between May and October 2012, though there is talk of the long-term with the hope to eventually upload Peel’s collection in its entirety.

The archive has already included cover art and some audio samples of records catalogued under the letter A, and the Bs were uploaded last week.

Visit the online archive here: http://thespace.org/items/e000006a


This article originally appeared in Songlines.

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