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John Peel RIP

Stephen Dalton, Uncut, December 2004

LONG BEFORE we met, John Peel felt like a good friend. For those millions of us who spent our adolescence glued to his late-night radio show, and obsessives like me who continued to tune in religiously ever since, Peel was not just a friendly voice from the adult world but an inspirational beacon. He did it his way, educating and liberating generations of music fans along the way. His life was a triumphant celebration of love, rock’n’roll and non-conformity.

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