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Photojournal: John Peel
Earned respect

Peel's passion for music gave fans a chance to hear tracks they would never have heard otherwise.

"It was because of him I got to hear some of the most obscure but influential music I ever heard," said Manic Street Preachers singer James Dean Bradfield.

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr said: "The Smiths' early success was largely due to the John Peel show."

John Peel on the flood of demo tracks he was sent

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