Iggy Pop to deliver 2014 John Peel Lecture

The speech will be titled 'Free Music in a Capitalist Society'

Iggy Pop will deliver this year’s John Peel lecture, it has been announced.

The singer, who hosts a Sunday afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music, will deliver a speech titled ‘Free Music in a Capitalist Society’ which will be broadcast on 6Music live on Monday, October 13 and will later be shown on BBC Four on October 19.

The John Peel Lecture is an annual event where a notable figure from the music industry is invited to shape a debate about an issue in the music industry. The inaugural lecture was given by The Who’s Pete Townshend in 2011 and Billy Bragg and Charlotte Church took on the task in subsequent years.


Iggy Pop said in a statement: “I get the feeling that John was the kind of guy who would have done his job for nothing, as long as he felt great about it. So we have that in common. Examining his life, I was interested to learn that he found his voice in large part through his wanderings in America.”

“Sometimes it takes strange circumstances to provide a mirror in which to find yourself,” he added. “I’ve never given a lecture in my life, but on the day I’m going to attempt a discussion on the subject of free music in a capitalist society. This is a struggle which never ends.”

Radio Festival 2014, where Iggy will appear, takes place at The Lowry, MediaCityUK in Salford from October 13th-15th 2014.