Shrewsbury school is less than a mile from where I live
Peel’s sex abuse ordeal at school revealed
Maurice Chittenden http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1796463_2,00.html
JOHN PEEL, the BBC DJ who discovered Pink Floyd and punk rock, has described in a posthumous memoir his sexual abuse while at public school.
In the autobiography to be published next month, for which Peel signed a £1.5m deal, he is expected to describe his experiences at the hands of older boys when he was a boarder at Shrewsbury school.
Shortly before he died last year, he said he was victimised because he was a “cute” 13-year-old when he arrived in the summer term of 1953. Former friends of the radio presenter, who spent four years at Shrewsbury, have backed up his story of sexual abuse.
The publication of the autobiography will coincide with a BBC Radio 1 John Peel Day when 300 gigs around Britain, including concerts by Dizzee Rascal, Bloc Party, KT Tunstall and Royksopp, will be dedicated to the DJ’s memory. The organisers hope to make it an annual event.
The Who’s Roger Daltrey, Peter Hook of New Order and new bands including the Futureheads have recorded a Band Aid-style version of one of Peel’s favourite songs, Ever Fallen In Love by the Buzzcocks. A charity compilation CD of his favourite acts, ranging from Lonnie Donegan through the Fall and the Undertones to PJ Harvey, is also being released.
A Channel 4 documentary about his record collection, which consisted of 26,000 LPs, 40,000 singles and 40,000 CDs, is to follow.
The future of one of Peel’s best-known shows in his later years, Home Truths on Radio 4, has still not been settled. If a permanent replacement has not been found by the first anniversary of his death next month, it is likely to be axed altogether.
Peel had written the first chapters of the book before he died at the age of 65 while on holiday in Peru last October. His wife Sheila — affectionately known as “Pig” by Peel — has completed the manu>