John Peels Record Box

John Peel’s Record Box – Documentary, 2005



For those who haven’t already seen this wonderful one hour documentary made by Elaine Shepherd, featuring renowned British radio DJ John Peel – “John Peels Record Box’,  (Channel 4, 2005) – we felt compelled to share it with you.

Secrets That Reveal the Soundtracks to John Peel’s Life

This documentary provides an exclusive and fascinating insight into the most prized records in John Peel’s huge private record collection, which he kept stored in a special box.  Revealing John’s eclectic music tastes, it tells the extraordinary stories behind the records and the artists who created them.

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, Daman Albarn (Blur) and Pete Wylie (Wah!); plus schoolmate Michael Palin.

Highlights For Us

Quote from Elton John:  “That to me is the inspiration for my life, just sitting there in that box”.

Quote from Paul Gambaccini, Radio DJ – “I don’t know if that’s the artist or the name of the track?”

No. 52 in John Peel’s Record Box – Laurie Anderson – O Superman, 1981  (see part 4/4 of the documentary below).

For More Information

Inside John Peel’s Record Box – view the entire collection of  records

BBC Online Tribute to John Peel

Record Collector Magazine article (Christmas 2005) – “Out of his box, and in intricate detail”, access via subscription

We hope you enjoy this documentary as much as we do.