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 Post subject: Last Night A DJ saved My LifeThe History Of The Disc Jockey
 Post Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:24 pm 
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I just finished a book called,"Last Night A DJ Saved My Life-The History Of The Disc Jockey" by Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton.- Have any of you guys read this book? It is an interesting perspective and good reading. What do you think?

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 Post subject: The Book
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An Excellent Book of reference for the DJ to which I've!

Great choice!

Honorable Mention: "You Better Work!" Underground Dance Music in New York City - Kai Fikentscher

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 Post subject: DELMAR BROWN-The Lord Of Flatbush
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Delmar,
As a former New Yorker. I can say this from experience. This book, and most of "Disco History" is so New York City oriented. At times, it is like Boston, LA, Vegas, Detroit, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, Philly and the rest of the States did nothing but play Country music! Man, there were great deejays in EVERY city, not just New York. Is is a "jealousy" thing with me, this Pet Peeve that I have with this MYTH? Might be? But I KNOW for a fact, hundreds of really great deejays, went un-noticed, un-known, and certainly not mentioned in this, or any other Disco Era book I ever read. The authors, simply ignore, them. Ahh PHUCK it. I'm just a cry-baby! LOL

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I have this book on order as I've always wanted to read it. It should be in, in a few weeks......but not assured as my supplier out here says it is already becoming hard to come buy. :?
I'm currently reading Pete Denis I Will Survive (The Adventures Of The Vynil Junkie" ..now that's a good read. :twisted:

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 Post subject: "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life''
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I agree with you Pete,is a nice book,Bill Brewster speak with a lot of people .....In New York!!! The old same story,about the Loft and Garage :evil:


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Pete Denis wrote:
Delmar,
As a former New Yorker. I can say this from experience. This book, and most of "Disco History" is so New York City oriented. At times, it is like Boston, LA, Vegas, Detroit, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, Philly and the rest of the States did nothing but play Country music! Man, there were great deejays in EVERY city, not just New York. Is is a "jealousy" thing with me, this Pet Peeve that I have with this MYTH? Might be? But I KNOW for a fact, hundreds of really great deejays, went un-noticed, un-known, and certainly not mentioned in this, or any other Disco Era book I ever read. The authors, simply ignore, them. Ahh PHUCK it. I'm just a cry-baby! LOL


As you know Pete, if you were a prominent (not taking away those in other cities) DJ in the NYC area, those DJ's received acclaim. It's unfortunate that other DJ's didn't get the credit that was deserved.

Did you check out the "MAESTRO" DVD?

Funny, listening to Antonia Rodriguez - La Bamba [9:45] - La Bamba
on Discoteria Live365 right now!

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 Post subject: ''Everybody Dance''
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Right now I am in heaven!!!I just recieve from Amazon the book ''Everybody Dance - Chic and the politics of Disco'' by Daryl Easlea!
Is about the career of Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers of Chic,the DJs that help the promotion and the record deal,the studios that they use,the artist that produced,the politics of record companies back in the time!!!
If you have the chance to read it,don't loose it!It's excellent!!! :D


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Well, we all know Chic had to put up with some major BS from the record companioes BITD so this should be a good read.

Thanks Dancer, I'll check it out. :)

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I love the book

not only the chapters about disco are fantastic, I loved the northern soul, hip hop, garage, balearic and uk sounds chapters too

it is written very well - you really have the impression that the guys were there when the things happened (although they have most of their information from 2nd hand)


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 Post subject: Re: Last Night A DJ saved My LifeThe History Of The Disc Jockey
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I am a little late in reading this thread, BUT, "Last night a dj sved my life" as good as it is, is missing a lot of history. I can attest to that.
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 Post subject: Re: Last Night A DJ saved My LifeThe History Of The Disc Jockey
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Pooch,

Just out of curiosity - Anything in particular you would have wanted to find in the book (the main thing you think is missing) ?? Would be fun to hear from a pioneers point of view...

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 Post subject: Re: Last Night A DJ saved My LifeThe History Of The Disc Jockey
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Well Discoguy, since you ask. As you know, Saturday Night Fever was filmed in Brooklyn in 1977. Brooklyn was rocking for years before that. One example would be Bacho Mangual at Revelations. 1972. There are many more but that is a fine example of what they left out. they were very good at giving the history in NYC. But, there were a lot of clubs in Brooklyn, Staten Island & Queens.Al with DJ's that had become well known.
Just a taste of what history is missing.
And Yes, is the answer to your next question. I have thought of putting a book together. But I am not a writer. See, I can not spell some times. LOL

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