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Wow! When I first saw this I thought that must be an impossible job, digitizing all that vinyl. But copyrights prevent them from doing that. :(

Still, it's an impressive collection to just browse the titles I'm sure!

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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 1:32 am 
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Still a lot of it will have links to sources, plus there's YouTube...

The`article ends with, "Alexis Petridis will be interviewing Sheila Ravenscroft in the Guardian on Wednesday". I will try to link that interview to here.

It is good to see there's a legacy supported by British Arts Council and the BBC, as well as Dandelion Radio.

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OK, trial and error, but am learning... :??:

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John Peel's record collection goes online

From Tuesday, music fans will be able to sift through the late DJ's vast archive as part of an expanding virtual museum

Sean Michaels
guardian.co.uk, Monday 30 April 2012 12.16 BST

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'[People] will be amused and intrigued by it' … Sheila Ravenscroft, John Peel’s widow, on his record collection being revealed online. Photograph: Amit Lennon


John Peel's record collection is about to go online. Starting on Tuesday, the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts will begin uploading details of the late DJ's cherished vinyl, unveiling 2,600 albums over the next six months.

Every week, the Centre will expand the scope of its virtual museum, adding another 100 records, covering everything from Appalachian mountain music to zouk. "It's a very personal look at John's collection," producer Charlie Gauvain said. According to Sheila Ravenscroft, Peel's widow, curators will highlight one artist from each batch, picking through more than 65,000 items in his archive. Peel kept meticulous files about his records: each sleeve was given a typed filing card, with all sorts of information.

"There'll be information about the record sleeve, front and back, all the information about the record itself, as well as whether John rated the album or not," Ravenscroft explained. Although copyright prevents the centre from streaming the records, links will be included, when available, to purchase or stream the music on Spotify and iTunes. "I think people are going to be very interested as to what's in the collection," Ravenscroft said. "They will be amused and intrigued by it."

Besides the details of Peel's records, the virtual museum will also include videos, and incorporate Peel's own home movies. Producers discovered 30 hours of footage at his home in Suffolk, with everything from clips of bands to footage from Liverpool's Anfield stadium. The website will apparently launch with John Peel's Suffolk Comforts, a 1989 film "that's never been broadcast before", Gauvain said. "It's a real gem … [with] some really personal things in it."

Peel died in 2004, after almost 40 years as a BBC radio DJ. He was 65.

As previously reported, Peel's virtual museum is part of the Space, a digital arts service funded by the British Arts Council and the BBC.

• Alexis Petridis will be interviewing Sheila Ravenscroft in the Guardian on Wednesday.

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Still a lot of it will have links to sources, plus there's YouTube...


Yes, but I'll bet there's a lot that isn't even on the Internet! ;)

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mickeyskippycat wrote:
Still a lot of it will have links to sources, plus there's YouTube...


Yes, but I'll bet there's a lot that isn't even on the Internet! ;)


We will have to find out... :)


The Space ~ John Peel's Record Collection
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John Peel Archive on The Space
Written by Tom Barker

This is the start of an incredibly exciting journey. To make the contents of John Peel’s personal record collection - one of the most important and eclectic modern music collections in the world - available to the public for the first time, is an incredible honour.
We really can’t wait to start revealing the contents of John’s amazing collection week by week, and we know from all of the media coverage, emails and messages, that you’re all as excited as us. The project had loads of great press coverage when our funding was announced, but some of it got a few of the facts muddled, so we thought we’d better just tell you, here in our own words, exactly what the project is all about.
John Peel’s vast record collection contains over 26,000 LP’s, 40,000 singles and many thousands of CDs - it really is quite awesome. With the help and support of John’s family, we are taking the first steps in making John’s amazing collection available through an interactive online archive. The John Peel Archive is featuring on The Space - an Arts Council funded and BBC supported digital arts service, which will be available for 26 weeks from May - October 2012. The £3.5 million funding for The Space is being shared between 53 different arts projects, of which ours is one.
Because of the tight timescales and the funding only running until October, what we are doing on The Space is very much only the beginning of what we hope will be an even more exciting project. In the long term, and with extra funding, we hope to release the entire contents of John’s huge collection.
In the meantime, we have done a lot thinking and talking with John’s family about how best to make his unique collection available within the constraints, and how we can do it in a way that people can really engage with.
After some deliberation we decided that the best way to start the process was to release the details of the first 100 albums, listed alphabetically, from each letter of the alphabet each week. So on 1st May we will release the first 100 A's, on 8th May the first 100 B's, 15th May first 100 C's, and so on.
We also hope that by doing it on a week by week basis, you will keep coming back week after week, eager and excited to explore more of John’s collection.
Each of these releases of 100 records will be accompanied by one mini documentary video of a featured artiste for that week. These are pretty special, as the artistes have been chosen by Sheila, John’s wife, and their children - so they are all artistes who meant something to John and his family.
When you come to the website you will see John Peel’s home studio, from which you will be able to access the contents of the record collection as it is added each week, as well as other videos added each week, photos, peel sessions and radio shows. Once in the collection you will be able to move up and down the shelves of the record collection, picking out certain choice records and going through the first 100 as though you were standing in front of the shelves in John’s studio.
You will be able to see the hand-typed cards that John diligently typed for every album in the collection, the record sleeves, as well as listening to tracks via spotify and itunes where available.
And because we know that John meant a great deal to many people, we will be helping you to connect with other music lovers and Peel fans through our John Peel Archive social media accounts (see below). Look out for never-before seen material, like letters to John, being exclusively released via social media. This will also be a great way to stay up to date with new material being released each week - so please do ‘follow’, ‘like’ and say hello - we want to hear from you and your stories of John.
In our heads throughout the planning process, has been making sure that we do John (and his fans) proud and ensure that the legacy of this legendary man lives on.
We hope you like the John Peel Archive - and that John would have done too.

Tom Barker
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John Peel Centre for Creative Arts
thespace.org
facebook.com/johnpeelarchive
twitter.com/johnpeelarchive
flickr.com/johnpeelarchive
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