Tonight’s John Peel Lecture with Iggy Pop, part of the Radio Festival 2014, will be broadcast live on BBC 6 Music.
Iggy, who hosts a Sunday afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music, will deliver a speech on the subject of ‘Free Music in a Capitalist Society’. It will be broadcast live from 7:30pm, and filmed for BBC Four to be broadcast on Sunday 19 October at 8pm.
Iggy Pop said: “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. 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.”
He continues: “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.”
The annual John Peel Lecture invites a notable figure from the music industry to shape a debate and create insight around music and music-related media. Taking its inspiration from one of the greatest radio broadcasters of all time, and a figure who perpetually challenged the status quo, the John Peel Lecture has been a part of the Radio Festival since 2011. The John Peel Lecture 2014 also marks 10 years since Peel’s passing.
Bob Shennan, Director BBC Music and Controller of Radio 2, 6 Music and Asian Network, said: “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.”
Chris Burns, Chair of Radio Festival 2014, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Iggy Pop as the speaker at this year’s John Peel Lecture. Iggy Pop has influenced generations with his music and is a fantastic choice to host this lecture. He will bring fascinating insight to the Radio Festival and we’re thrilled that he can be a part of it.”
He joined BBC Radio 6 Music as a presenter in March 2014, hosting a weekly programme on Sundays from 4-6pm – the slot which was previously hosted by Jarvis Cocker who is taking a year out from his show.