The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Musical Indulgence #8b


Sometime in the early 1990's our friends at the BBC decided to raid their archives and put out a series called DJ Heaven profiling some of the leading DJ's. This clip from the begining of the show serves as a sort of potted history of John Peel.

Further recommended links:

John Peel introduces Orange Juice's Rip It Up link.

What's in John Peel's legendary record box? This is the box he would have saved had his house ever caught fire, link.

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