John Peel

Andy 'Madman' West: Ah, yes, the John Peel I never knew

If I were to describe Peelie in a word, it would not be bald, it would be integrity

The long goodbye

He loved reggae and Japanese noise bands, but the late John Peel is best-remembered as a champion of English eccentrics, says Michael Bracewell. Hence his interest in Pet Shop Boys, writes Neil Tennant. And even, remembers Simmy Richman, a long forgotten band called The Sensible Jerseys. Finally, D J Taylor recalls his recent visit to Peel Acres to meet the great man at home...

Memories of a free spirit

John Peel was a broadcasting legend. But his colleague Trevor Dann remembers him as a friend, a family man and a lifelong Liverpool supporter

DJ John Peel is dead

Get into the groove: how I learnt to mix it with the best

Spinning the vinyl isn't as easy as it looks. In fact, it requires a surprising amount of skill. Peter Chapman learns the art of dropping the beat on a special training course for aspiring DJs

Radio 1 plans sweeping changes to night DJ line-up

BBC Radio 1 is to make sweeping changes to the line-up of DJs who present the specialist shows that have become a hallmark of the station.

Critics' Awards 1999 - Radio: Ambridge: an anomaly among farming communities

The radio industry has its own award ceremony, the Sonys, held every year at the swanky Grosvenor Hotel in London's Park Lane. The Independent on Sunday now has its own Radio Awards ceremony, which is held in my kitchen in Shepherd's Bush over two and a half bottles of cheap red plonk. And so, until a decent sponsor like Laphroaig or, even better, Lagavulin shows up, it is called the Plonkies. The results of this review of the year's best and worst broadcasting were stuffed into an envelope and read out by me in a slurred and trembly voice. And they are:

Television: Brawn, Blitz, brains and Brucie

No matter what anyone says, the BBC is still a force in television sport. Barely had it finished with the World Athletics Championships than BBC1 began daily primetime coverage of the competition to find Britain's Strongest Man, featuring such must-see events as the Giant Log Lift. "The biggest log any of these men have ever seen," said commentator Paul Dickenson solemnly. But Glenn, a 30-stone chef from Northern Ireland with a 64in chest and, in the respectful words of his wife, "very, very big trousers", refused to be intimidated. He lifted the giant log 18 times. "Eighteen repetitions," cooed Dickenson. "I don't know whether anybody has ever done that before." Not on telly, anyway. Apparently, 18 televised repetitions is the stuff of legend. Perfectly normal for most episodes of Only Fools and Horses, of course, but rare in the Giant Log Lift.

Just leave the tape. 100 years on, we'll be in touch

`I got a telegram from Queen once, begging me not to play their records. I was happy to oblige'

Profile, John Peel: Queen Mother of rock

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Pop Lyric Sheets: For John Peel's 60th Birthday

John Peel is 60 this week and the BBC is celebrating the event with `John Peel Night' on Sunday. Past Peel proteges featured include Pink Floyd, PJ Harvey, Joy Division, The Smiths, and Blur. A documentary about Captain Beefheart ends the celebrations
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