Brian Eno delivers fifth annual John Peel lecture – listen

Eno spoke at the Radio Academy's Radio Festival at the British Library in London

Brian Eno delivered this year’s John Peel lecture tonight (September 27), speaking at length on the subject of “the ecology of culture.”

The annual event, named after influential Radio 1 DJ John Peel, sees a keynote speaker sharing their views on issues relating to the music industry and its wider culture. Eno’s speech can be heard via BBC 6Music here.

The inaugural lecture was given by The Who’s Pete Townshend in 2011, with Billy Bragg, Iggy Pop and Charlotte Church taking on the task in subsequent years.

Prior to the talk, the BBC claimed Eno would “show how cultural processes confer essential and important benefits on society”.

Eno has previously said that 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.”

Eno’s lecture took place during the Radio Academy’s Radio Festival at the British Library in London. The speech was broadcast on both BBC 6 Music and BBC Four.