John Peel: Margrave of the Marshes by John Peel
Reviewed by Stephen Burt
"Years ago, after the dawn of email but before streaming audio, there was the semi-secret John Peel Tape Trade Chain: some compliant Briton would record, every weekday night, the two-hour John Peel Show, in which the legendary BBC Radio One DJ played whatever he felt like playing ? some alt-rock, some Afrobeat, a New Wave single, a demo tape that sounded a lot like a chainsaw, and some future intercontinental indie rock hit. The Briton would then send cassette tapes to America, where fans would copy the tapes, then send them to other fans who would copy the tapes again, and so on...." Read the entire Rain Taxi review.