Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey

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Open Road + Grove/Atlantic, May 13, 2014 - Music - 448 pages
“A riveting look at record spinning from its beginnings to the present day . . . A grander and more fascinating story than one would think.” —Time Out London
This is the first comprehensive history of the disc jockey, a cult classic now updated with five new chapters and over a hundred pages of additional material. It’s the definitive account of DJ culture, from the first record played over airwaves to house, hip-hop, techno, and beyond.
From the early development of recorded and transmitted sound, DJs have been shaping the way we listen to music and the record industry. This book tracks down the inside story on some of music’s most memorable moments. Focusing on the club DJ, the book gets first-hand accounts of the births of disco, hip-hop, house, and techno. Visiting legendary clubs like the Peppermint Lounge, Cheetah, the Loft, Sound Factory, and Ministry of Sound, and with interviews with legendary DJs, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life is a lively and entertaining account of musical history and some of the most legendary parties of the century.
“Brewster and Broughton’s ardent history is one of barriers and sonic booms, spanning almost 100 years, including nods to pioneers Christopher Stone, Martin Block, Douglas ‘Jocko’ Henderson, Bob ‘Wolfman Jack’ Smith and Alan ‘Moondog’ Freed.” —Publishers Weekly

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House Can You Feel
Techno The Sound
Balearic Bryllyant
Acid House Ive Lost Control
UK Sounds Keep On Moving
Artist Even Better Than The Real Thing
Outlaw Renegade Snares
Superstar God Is A

Disco Roots Love Is The Message
Disco She Works Hard For The Money 8 Hienergy So Many Men So Little Time
Hip Hop Roots Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel 10 Hip Hop Planet Rock
US Garage Ill Take You To Paradise
Sellout? I Havent Stopped Dancing
Club Charts
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About the author (2014)

Bill Brewster has been editor of Mixmag’s Update USA. His writing appears regularly in Mixmag, the Face, Time Out, the Big Issue, and the Guardian. He currently lives in London.
Frank Broughton has been deputy editor of Mixmag’s Update USA and iD, and also writes from Details, Rolling Stone, the Face, NME, Hip Hop Connection, and Time Out New York, where he was founding clubs editor. He also lives in London.
Brewster and Broughton are also co-creators of the popular website,

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