John Peel was always an unlikely national institution. Yet with a radio career that spanned 40 years, in which he brought psychedelia, punk, reggae and hip-hop into the mainstream, that is exactly what he became. When he died suddenly in October 2004, millions mourned his loss. Drawing on witty and revealing anecdotes from those who knew him, this book traces Peel's life from his early underground days on pirate radio through his maverick career with Radio One right up to his later years, where he found a new audience on Radio Four's Home Truths, and provides an affectionate portrait of a true English eccentric. 
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