BBC 6 Music presenter and musician Iggy Pop will give this year’s keynote speech on the opening evening of the Radio Festival in Salford next month.
The news was announced this morning by Lauren Laverne on her 6 Music show. Iggy is currently hosting Sunday afternoons on the station, covering for Jarvis Cocker. His presenting work there follows two special programmes he did last Christmas.
The 67-year old American singer has been in the music business since the late 1960s and is perhaps most famous for hits “Lust For Life” and “The Passenger”. He’s known as a punk and metal rock pioneer. His first airing on UK radio was actually along with band The Stooges when the track “Little Doll” was played on the John Peel show on Radio 1 in August 1969.
Iggy Pop said: “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.
“I get the feeling that John Peel 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. Anyway, he’s done a lot to give others a voice, and that’s the most important gift you can give. Here was a person with strong opinions and enthusiasms who wasn’t defined by any system; because of that his show became an exciting location, kind of like a shop that’s a good hang. So it was a social as well as a musical phenomenon.”
The BBC 6 Music John Peel Lecture is now in its fourth year and is given by someone in the music and/or broadcasting industry. It will again be broadcast live by 6 Music as well as shown on BBC Four television on Sunday 19th October. In 2011 the lecture was delivered by Pete Townshend and the other speakers have been Billy Bragg and Charlotte Church.
Chris Burns, Chair of Radio Festival 2014, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Iggy Pop as this year’s John Peel Lecture speaker. Iggy has influenced generations with his music and is a fantastic choice. He will bring a unique insight to the Radio Festival and we’re thrilled that he can be a part of it.”
Bob Shennan, Director BBC Music and Controller of Radio 2, 6 Music and Asian Network, added: “BBC Music is proud that Iggy Pop, an iconic and hugely influential figure in music, will deliver the John Peel Lecture at the Radio Festival 2014. Iggy’s weekly show on 6 Music is always a fascinating trip through his eclectic musical mind, so I know Iggy will give a topical and thought-provoking speech which 6 Music listeners and BBC Four viewers will enjoy.”
The John Peel Lecture will take place at 7.30pm on Monday 13th October at the Radio Festival which is again at The Lowry on Salford Quays. RadioToday will of course be there as usual providing updates from the Festival on RadioTodayLive.com with Arqiva. And if you’re coming to Salford Quays for the Radio Festival, don’t forget to join us for drinks on the Sunday night before it all starts the following day.