John Peel’s record collection goes online

From Tuesday, music fans will be able to sift through the late DJ’s vast archive as part of an expanding virtual museum

John Peel‘s record collection is about to go online. Starting on Tuesday, the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts will begin uploading details of the late DJ’s cherished vinyl, unveiling 2,600 albums over the next six months.

Every week, the Centre will expand the scope of its virtual museum, adding another 100 records, covering everything from Appalachian mountain music to zouk. “It’s a very personal look at John’s collection,” producer Charlie Gauvain said. According to Sheila Ravenscroft, Peel’s widow, curators will highlight one artist from each batch, picking through more than 65,000 items in his archive. Peel kept meticulous files about his records: each sleeve was given a typed filing card, with all sorts of information.

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