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John Peel's Funeral Cost The White Stripes Thousands


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The White Stripes spent thousands of dollars and endured back-to-back Transatlantic trips to attend the funeral of beloved British Dj John Peel in 2004.

The American rock duo performed in the U.K. the week before Peel's star-studded memorial service, so they had to fly home to the U.S. and then back to England again just days later.

However, Jack White insists he and his bandmate Meg would have done anything to make sure they were there to say goodbye to their late pal, telling telling Mojo magazine, "That trip cost me and Meg $25,000 but that was nothing, we loved John so much, there was no way we weren't going to the funeral."

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Charlotte Church Delivers Passionate Keynote Speech On Feminine Sexualisation


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Once a puppet, with her own sexuality out of her control and a musical career that involved exploitation and sexism, Charlotte Church certainly speaks from experience when she talks of the dangers of hyper-sexualisation in contemporary pop music.

Charlotte ChurchCharlotte Church's speech was eloquent and well recieved

The speech was broadcast at midnight on Tuesday 15th on BBC Radio 6, and was made as part of the John Peel Lecture on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. The eloquent address picked out modern phenomena and highlighted the perils of using sex to sell music, especially in a video medium.

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Teenage Kicks Mural Taken Down In Northern Ireland


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A mural honouring rockers The Undertones and late British Dj John Peel has been removed from a wall in Northern Ireland.

A line taken from The Undertones' 1978 punk classic Teenage Kicks was spray-painted onto an overpass in Belfast in 2004 in tribute to Peel, who championed the punk band, but the lyrics were wiped by bosses at the Department for Social Development (Dsd).

Locals have complained to officials about the artwork removal, while The Undertones' bassist Michael Bradley also took to Twitter.com to vent his frustration.

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Life Before The Turner Prize, Elizabeth Price's Twee Pop Past In Talulah Gosh


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Elizabeth Price will be dominating the headlines today (December 4, 2012), after wining the Turner Prize last night. She’s a relative unknown, so what exactly has the Bradford-born, Luton-raised artist been doing all these years and why have we only just heard of her?

Before making a living as an artist, Price was a member of the indie pop band Talulah Gosh. The band are said to have formed after Price met Amelia Fletcher in a club in Oxford, bonding over the fact that they were both wearing Pastels badges. They formed the band and took their name from the headline of a Clare Grogan interview in NME. Before long, they found themselves spearheading the twee-pop sound of the 1980s. Of course, no indie band of that time was worth their salt unless they’d recorded a session for the BBC’s John Peel show and sure enough, that was broadcast in 1988. Having made their live debut in 1986, the band split just months after their Peel session. Though their existence was brief, their legacy is synonymous with the C86 movement forged by NME.

It is no surprise then, that Price’s award-winning artwork is knee deep in musical history. Entitled The Woolworths Choir of 1979, the video piece combines footage of The Shangri-Las performing ‘Out in the Street’ with footage of a furniture store blaze (which went on to change UK fire laws) and shots of ecclesiastical architecture. The Guardian’s coverage of the awards noted that the Turner Prize exhibition was dominated by Price’s work, both in the public’s appreciation of it and by its sheer volume, as visitors “can hear the clapping and singing from throughout the galleries.” Price, the former member of Talulah Gosh, now joins the ranks of Gilbert & George and Damien Hirst – both former winners of the prize and major players in the British art world. 

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BBC Consider Dropping John Peel Tribute Should Abuse Allegations Be Proven


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In light of the recent allegations brought forth against former DJ John Peel, the BBC have announced that they will most likely drop the planned tribute they had arranged in his honour should the allegations that he impregnated a 15-year-old girl during the 70’s prove to be true.

The broadcasting corporation had plans to rename a section of the new BBC Broadcasting House after the late DJ, who died in 2004, but have now announced that should the accusation be proven against Peel then they will reconsider. A BBC spokesman said: "Clearly, in the event of proven allegations of sexual abuse the BBC would re-consider its decision on the naming of part of our new building."

After the revelations about the sexual antics of the late Sir Jimmy Savile last month, scrutiny has been placed on further DJs and presenters from the 60’s and 70’s about their sordid pasts. Peel is the latest person to face these accusations after a woman named Jane Nevin told the Daily Mail that she had had unprotected sex with Peel when she was 15, ultimately leading to her impregnation and later an abortion. Although Nevin never told Peel about the pregnancy and abortion at the time, she claims to have sent him a letter some 30 years later about the event, to which Peel replied, citing his relief that she wasn’t revealing that he had a secret love child.

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The Fall And The Undertones Pay Tribute


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The Fall and The Undertones paid tributes to late DJ John Peel at a fundraising concert this week.

The bands - two of the iconic DJ's favuorite - performed an exclusive gig in Norwich's Sound and Vision Centre in Norfolk on Wednesday (10.10.12) to raise money for the Centre for Creative Arts in Suffolk, England, with all the proceeds going towards renovating the building.

John's wife Sheila was over the moon when she found out her husband's favourite bands were getting involved with the cause, saying: ''I'm so pleased that The Fall and The Undertones have agreed to play as everybody knows that they were two bands very close to John's heart it'll be a great gig.''

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John Peel Had An Affair With A 15-year-old, And Got Her Pregnant?


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Evidently, it has really not been a good week for dead ex-BBC employees. Over the past two weeks the worst fears, that were merely rumours in Jimmy Savile's lifetime, have seemingly been confirmed as fact with over 100 reported incidents involving the Jim'll Fix It host. And now, a woman has revealed that she had a three month affair with the BBC Radio presenter John Peel, resulting in a pregnancy that she terminated.

Jane Nevin allegedly met the legendary DJ at a Black Sabbath Concert in 1969 when peel was 30, double the age of Nevin. The pair would meet routinely for sex, he would take her to gigs and she “would follow him round like a laptop' as she put it, quoted in the Telegraph. As soon as Nevin's mother found out about the relationship, she put an end to it, though not before Nevin had fallen pregnant.

Nevin was not at all happy about the pregnancy, she said “I was devastated... didn’t even think about telling John. I just wanted it to be over.” Nevin chose to come clean about the relationship with the press after the allegations against Savile have come to light. “He must have known I was still at school. But he didn’t ask and I didn’t tell him... At the time I was just so happy to be on his arm. I was young and he was famous. All I cared about was that I could make all my school friends jealous... I suppose I used him for his fame and he used me for sex" Nevin said, “Looking back, it was terribly wrong and I was perhaps manipulated. But it was a different era.” Peel was also known to say 'I don't ask for ID' in regard to his female fans.

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John Peel's Private Record Collection Launches Online


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John Peel 's private record collection has hit the web. The Bbc and the Arts Council have joined forces to create The Space - a new digital service which will allow the public to access John Peel's gargantuan collection. The site is launched today (May 1, 2012) and, according to a press release, will run from May to October "across PCs, smartphones, tablets, internet connected TVs and will also be available as a red button, video on demand service via Freeview HD."

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Pete Townshend Blasts Itunes


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Pete Townshend has blasted Apple's iTunes service for bleeding artists "like a digital vampire".

The Who guitarist thinks the digital download service - which accounts for more than 75 per cent of all legal downloads - should employ 20 talent scouts from the "dying record business" to provide financial and marketing guidance for bands starting out in the music industry.

He said: "Is there really any good reason why, just because iTunes exists in the Wild West Internet land of Facebook and twitter, it can't provide some aspect of these services to the artists whose work it bleeds like a digital vampire, for its enormous commission?"

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My Chemical Romance Triumph At Nme Awards 2011


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My Chemical Romance scooped two trophies at tonight's (23.02.11) NME Awards.

The US rockers were the biggest winners, taking home Best International Band and `Best Video' for their track 'Na Na Na' at the British Magazine's annual ceremony.

Muse were named Best British band, while Arcade Fire took home Best Album for 'The Suburbs' at the event, held at London's Brixton Academy.

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John Peel

Date of birth

30th August, 1939

Date of death

25th October, 2004

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