Katy at Satan's Kitten Club remembers the impact of John Peel, who died last night in Peru, on the lives and careers of the musicians who appeared on his radio show (I haven't seen any other reports yet--any links would be appreciated).
Michael H. of Spontaneous Arising adds his memories of John Peel:
Thivai: Thanks for posting this. My brother, a dj in Los Angeles and an activist in the effort to reassert independent music as the dominant creative force in mainstream programming, sent me news this morning of John Peel's passing. I told my brother that it was good that Mr. Peel had the chance to die in Cuzco, one of the planet's most vibrantly spiritual places. I also reflected on my seven years working in an independent record store here in Boulder, how I would often put on a John Peel Sessions disc during the final hour of a long closing shift. He was a voice for the raw creative angst that puts slickly-produced mainstream music to shame. He will be missed.
I only knew John Peel from the amazing sessions that I would stumble across in used music stores. I would snap up the rare discs and run home as if I had just found buried treasure: some of my favorites were the Jimi Hendrix, Pixies, Siouxise and the Banshees and Television recordings, but there were so many--some lost, some found (when I go home tonight I will pull them out). I used to sit in my bedroom wondering what it must have been like in those recording sessions. . .
Any other memories?