Brian Eno to give this year’s John Peel Lecture

The lecture will take place on September 27

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Brian Eno will deliver this year’s John Peel Lecture.

The lecture will take place during the Radio Academy’s Radio Festival at the British Library on 27 September and will be broadcast on BBC 6 Music and BBC Four.

Eno said Peel “had a profound effect on my musical life and indeed my becoming a musician at all”.


He added: “His career as a non-musician who altered the course of music has been an inspiration to me and forms the basis of this talk.”

BBC News quotes a statement from the BBC said Eno would “examine the ecology of culture” and “show how cultural processes confer essential and important benefits on society”.

The inaugural lecture was given by Pete Townshend in 2011 and Billy Bragg and Charlotte Church took on the task in subsequent years.


Last year, Iggy Pop delivered the lecture entitled Free Music in a Capitalist Society.

“Sometimes it takes strange circumstances to provide a mirror in which to find yourself,” said Pop. “I’ve never given a lecture in my life, but on the day I’m going to attempt a discussion on the subject of free music in a capitalist society. This is a struggle which never ends.”

Meanwhile, Eno recently addressed a rally for Labour leadership contender, Jeremy Corbyn in Camden, North London.

Corbyn is leading the opinion polls in the Labour Party leadership race, ahead of rivals Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall. The party’s members will vote for their new leader from August 14 to September 10, following the resignation of predecessor Ed Miliband after this year’s General Election.

In front of a reported crowd of around 2,500 people, Eno addressed criticism that Corbyn isn’t strong enough to win an election, Eno said during his speech: “I don’t think electability really is the most important thing. What’s important is that someone changes the conversation and moves us off this small-minded agenda.”

Meanwhile, in Peel-related news, a new book about the DJ will be released in October.

Good Night And Good Riddance: How Thirty-Five Years Of John Peel Helped To Shape Modern Britain by Uncut contributor David Cavanagh will be published by Faber.

The publishers describe the book as “a social history, a diary of a nation’s changing culture, and an in-depth appraisal of one of our greatest broadcasters.

“The book focuses on some 300 shows between 1967 and 2004, giving a thorough overview of Peel’s broadcasting career and placing it in its cultural and social contexts.”

The book can be pre-ordered by clicking here.

The History Of Rock – a brand new monthly magazine from the makers of Uncut – a brand new monthly magazine from the makers of Uncut – is now on sale in the UK. Click here for more details.

Meanwhile, the September 2015 issue of Uncut is on sale in the UK on Tuesday, July 28 – featuring David Gilmour, a free Grateful Dead CD, Bob Dylan and the Newport Folk Festival, AC/DC, Killing Joke, the Isley Brothers, Julien Temple, Ryley Walker and more.

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