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Mark Whitby was born in 1965 and lives in the north-west of England with his wife and two children. He first began listening to the John Peel show in 1978 and by 1983 had realised that his infatuation with the festive fifty was at a dangerously obsessive level. Following involvement with music in a variety of ways – as a promoter of a venue, occasional DJ on community radio and some half-arsed attempts to be in a band – he joined the team running Dandelion Radio in 2007 and now runs a blog devoted to new music and a small digital record label, both called Unwashed Territories. All of the above was fired by a fascination for the John Peel show and the music he was introduced to as a consequence, so it would leave a pretty big hole in his life if it had never been there, which might go some way towards explaining why he puts himself through, and even enjoys, the process of updating and revising the information in this book every so often.