Brian Eno has visited the John Peel Archives, which showcase the late radio DJ’s extensive record collection.
Eno is the guest speaker for this year’s John Peel Lecture, which will take place on Sunday (September 27). 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.
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.
A statement from the BBC says that Eno will “examine the ecology of culture” and “show how cultural processes confer essential and important benefits on society”.
Discussing the news, Eno has 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 will take place during the Radio Academy’s Radio Festival at the British Library in London. The speech will be broadcast on both BBC 6 Music and BBC Four.
Watch Eno rummaging through Peel’s record collection below. Following the experience, Eno said, “I feel I know him better now”.