The late John Peel will remain the UK's most revered radio personality for years to come. The legend will only become more cemented now that his LP collection is going online. From The Independent:
It is a record collection that any vinyl enthusiast would covet. From obscure German techno to Appalachian folk music, to the latest sounds in the rock and pop world; the thousands of carefully catalogued albums owned by the late DJ John Peel literally have something for everyone.
From this week, music fans will get the opportunity to sift through the diverse collection, as a new online museum devoted to his revered collection is made available.
The project, co-funded by the Arts Council and the BBC, will see information on some of the 26,000 vinyl albums Peel amassed over his career put on a website. Each week, over the next 26 weeks, details of 100 albums will be released, alphabetically. Due to the sheer size of Peel's collection, it was decided to release 100 per week.
At the heart of the huge collection, which is kept at his home in Suffolk, was a meticulous cataloguing system whereby Peel would type out a filing card for every album. Starting in 1969, he made a postcard-sized card for each new LP, and inscribed the name of the album; the name of the band and all the tracks.
Due to the complications of putting albums online, the music itself will not be made available; rather, links will be given to music-buying sites such as Spotify and iTunes.