John Peel has died. It's a total shock. He was perhaps the most influential person in UK music having been personally responsible for breaking so many important and influential bands and showcasing new music. He has educated a generation of music lovers. Like so many others my own personal taste in music has been hugely influenced by his eclectic playlists. Much of the music I still treasure and bands who's music I most admire were discovered by listening to his shows. His voice is so familiar it's difficult to imagine not hearing it again. A truly sad day and a great loss to music.