John Peel’s Record Box #documentary on #neuguitars #blog


Documentary first shown on Channel 4 in 2005, looking at the most prized records in John Peel’s huge record collection, which he kept stored in a special box. Looks at the music and artistes featured in those special records and at the music tastes of John Peel. Also includes interviews with family and friends, including wife Sheila Ravenscroft, son Tom (who was also involved in its production) and brother Alan; DJs Mary Anne Hobbs, Paul Gambaccini and Marc Riley; artists Elton John, Ronnie Wood (Faces), Roger Daltrey (Who), Fergal Sharkey (Undertones), Jack White (White Stripes), Mark E. Smith and Brixa Smith (Fall), Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt (Status Quo), Billy Bragg, Damon Albarn (Blur) and Pete Wylie (Wah!); plus schoolmate Michael Palin

A wooden box containing 142 singles was discovered among Peel’s belongings after the DJ’s death and subsequently became the subject of a Channel 4 documentary. This used the collection as a starting point to explore Peel’s life and musical tastes, with comments from family, friends, musicians and colleagues. Although the records are portrayed as Peel’s favourites and the box as being the last thing he would grab if his home were burning down, the selection doesn’t include anything from favourite band the Fall, who had their own dedicated space in his record collection, long-time known favourite 45s like Peter Gunn by Duane Eddy, or anything from personal musical heroes such as Roy Orbison (who, however, did write the Jerry Byrd single found in the box).