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

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The authors of this book attempt a grand feat of music history revisionism by positioning the figure of the disc jockey at the center of music development and technology throughout the course of the 20th century. Last Night A DJ Saved My Life presents a convincing argument while remaining a fascinating look at a number of fabulous dance scenes filled with legendarily over-the-top characters. One of the most thought-provoking sections examines the emergence of the disco scene as a self-empowering community for Black and Latin gay dancers, years before it was discovered and polluted by major corporations. This book spans an entire century, beginning with the first phonographs and ending with the superstar DJs of today. No matter what your interest in DJing is, this book will expand your understanding and appreciation of the scope of this wonderful art.
Recommended by Stephen, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

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Drawing on in-depth interviews, two music journalists have written the first comprehensive history of the mysterious and charismatic figure behind the turntables--part obsessive record collector, part mad scientist, part intuitive psychologist of the party groove. DJs around the world are represented.

Synopsis:

From the first time a record was played over the airwaves in 1906, to a modern club economy that totals $3 billion annually in New York City alone, the DJ has been at the center of popular music. Starting as little more than a talking jukebox, the DJ is now a premier entertainer, producer, businessman, and musician in his own right. Superstar DJs, from Junior Vasquez to Sasha and Digweed, command worship and adoration from millions, flying around the globe to earn tens of thousands of dollars for one night's work. Increasingly, they are replacing live musicians as the central figures of the music industry. In Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, music journalists Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton have written the first comprehensive history of the mysterious and charismatic figure behind the turntables — part obsessive record collector, part mad scientist, part intuitive psychologist of the party groove. From England's rabid Northern Soul scene to the birth of disco in New York, from the sound systems of Jamaica to the scratch wars of early hip-hop in the Bronx, from Chicago house to Detroit techno to London rave, DJs are responsible for most of the significant changes in music over the past forty years. Drawing on in-depth interviews with DJs, critics, musicians, record executives, and the revelers at some of the century's most legendary parties, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life is nothing less than the life story of dance music.

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gregarious, October 9, 2006 (view all comments by gregarious)
I have read and re-read this book - and it gets better and more inspiring everytime. Running the historical gamut of the DiscJockey, Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton chronologically cover the impetus, motivation and the social context of what has evolved into the modern DJ and the various musical styles (i.e. Dub, House, Hi-NRG etc..) associated with dance/club culture.
If you are a DJ or just a music fan - compelling!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802136886
Author:
Brewster, Bill
Author:
Broughton, Frank
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Dance
Subject:
Popular
Subject:
Disc jockeys
Subject:
Popular music
Subject:
Business Aspects
Subject:
Radio - History & Criticism
Subject:
Dance music
Subject:
Discotheques.
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Dance
Subject:
Popular music -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Music-Popular Performers
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
vol. VII, no 88
Publication Date:
20000731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 22 oz

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The authors of this book attempt a grand feat of music history revisionism by positioning the figure of the disc jockey at the center of music development and technology throughout the course of the 20th century. Last Night A DJ Saved My Life presents a convincing argument while remaining a fascinating look at a number of fabulous dance scenes filled with legendarily over-the-top characters. One of the most thought-provoking sections examines the emergence of the disco scene as a self-empowering community for Black and Latin gay dancers, years before it was discovered and polluted by major corporations. This book spans an entire century, beginning with the first phonographs and ending with the superstar DJs of today. No matter what your interest in DJing is, this book will expand your understanding and appreciation of the scope of this wonderful art.

"Synopsis" by ,
From the first time a record was played over the airwaves in 1906, to a modern club economy that totals $3 billion annually in New York City alone, the DJ has been at the center of popular music. Starting as little more than a talking jukebox, the DJ is now a premier entertainer, producer, businessman, and musician in his own right. Superstar DJs, from Junior Vasquez to Sasha and Digweed, command worship and adoration from millions, flying around the globe to earn tens of thousands of dollars for one night's work. Increasingly, they are replacing live musicians as the central figures of the music industry. In Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, music journalists Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton have written the first comprehensive history of the mysterious and charismatic figure behind the turntables — part obsessive record collector, part mad scientist, part intuitive psychologist of the party groove. From England's rabid Northern Soul scene to the birth of disco in New York, from the sound systems of Jamaica to the scratch wars of early hip-hop in the Bronx, from Chicago house to Detroit techno to London rave, DJs are responsible for most of the significant changes in music over the past forty years. Drawing on in-depth interviews with DJs, critics, musicians, record executives, and the revelers at some of the century's most legendary parties, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life is nothing less than the life story of dance music.
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