Earlier this year we reported that John Peel’s record collection was due to be archived online. Now, that promise is coming to fruition. Starting Tuesday, the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts will start uploading details on a fraction of Peel’s collection online, aiming to reveal information about 2,600 albums over the next six months.
The project will update at a rate of 100 records per week, meaning a mind-boggling insight into Peel’s thought process is about to go online. More than 65,000 items in Peel’s archives were sorted through, although copyright law prevent the actual albums being streamed. Instead, wherever possible, links to services like Spotify and iTunes will be offered.
“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,” Peel’s wife, Sheila Ravenscroft, revealed. Videos and home movies will also feature on the online archive, meaning this is going to be a website that you could get lost in for days (or even months) at a time.