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Rock icon Jarvis Cocker visits John Peel Centre in Stowmarket




Jarvis Cocker visited the John Peel Centre in STowmarket on Saturday June 6 to talk about Pulp's hit album 'A Different Class' which turns 20 this year. Photo by Dave Guttridge - The Photographic Unit ANL-151106-102024001
Jarvis Cocker visited the John Peel Centre in STowmarket on Saturday June 6 to talk about Pulp's hit album 'A Different Class' which turns 20 this year. Photo by Dave Guttridge - The Photographic Unit ANL-151106-102024001

Rock superstar and ‘cultural icon’ Jarvis Cocker paid a special visit to the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket at the weekend.

The Pulp front man sat with the audience on Saturday for a play through of John Peel’s very own and yet unopened copy of the band’s hit album ‘Different Class’ - before fielding questions.

Journalist Colleen Murphy poses questions to Jarvis Cocker at the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket. Photo by Dave Guttridge - The Photographic Unit ANL-151206-114714001
Journalist Colleen Murphy poses questions to Jarvis Cocker at the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket. Photo by Dave Guttridge - The Photographic Unit ANL-151206-114714001

Andrew Stringer, Director at the venue, said the singer’s visit was a real coup for the centre, and the town.

He said “It was a truly unique experience and nice to have a cultural icon at the centre.

“It was a very relaxed environment and he gave us all sorts of insights into how the album was made and what was involved. We played John’s original copy on a high specification amplified system.

“John’s copy had never been opened because he had always had access to other recordings so Jarvis opened it himself and we listened to it in its entirety.

“It was a brilliant but also quite an odd experience to have him sitting in the audience listening to it with us. He said it feels embarrassing to listen to his own music.”

Although held on Saturday, June 6, the event was part of a series of interviews called Classic Music Sundays where journalist Colleen Murphy delves into some of the classic albums of recent history.

Andrew said he hoped the centre would attract more bands and musicians to showcase their albums.

“Stowmarket was the cultural capital of the country on Saturday what with Jarvis’ visit and StowBlues taking place,” he said. “It was a unique experience and a real coup for the town.

“We hope more people will want to visit and talk about their classic albums in the future. “If your readers have ideas of who they would like to come, please get in touch.”

For more information on the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts visit www.johnpeelcentre.com

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