John Peel 1939-2004

I just read the breaking news on BBC News that the legendary John Peel has died of a heart attack while on holiday in Peru.

I never really listened to his show on Radio 1 as much as I would liked to have. I admired him for playing band demos, and often found myself liking the stuff he put on.

He was a great mover and shaker for music. He will be missed.

Update, 15.11.2004

There is now an obituary for John Peel on the BBC News website.

It's also cool to note that Michael Eavis is renaming the new band stage at Glastonbury as “the John Peel stage”.