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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2001

    much respect to brewster and broughton

    this has to be the best written book invovling the dj culture i have read yet. if you want the whole history on how selectors came to be, this is it. dating back to the early 20's to the new millinium these authors capture it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2000

    Brewster and Broughton Spin a Groovy Tale

    Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton, the co-authors of 'Last Night a DJ Saved My Life', have blazed a trail in pop culture literature with their outstanding history/tribute to the oft-forgotten musical explorer, the disc jockey. We all seem to be aware of the DJ's presence on a subconscious level (chattering away on the car radio as we fight traffic), but few people recognize the immense and often selfless contributions they make into our lives. If this seems unlikely, just remember that it was probably some DJ somewhere who first played your favorite tune to your unsuspecting ears, or turned you into a dancefloor superstar one Saturday night. Brewster and Broughton delve into the primal origins of the DJ as the first radio signals containing music are broadcast across the Atlantic, shocking several telegraph operators on ships inbetween. Don't forget the pioneering Englishman, Jimmy Savile, who created the idea of the modern nightclub when he realized that his Glenn Miller records would sound incredible on some sort of amplified system. He jury-rigs a strange contraption that overheats quickly, but his idea will mutate into the discotheque soon enough. This is where the real strength of 'Last Night a DJ Saved My Life' appears: in the analysis of the club DJ. After they run through the proto-discos of Europe and the USA, the chapters go headlong into the biggest genres of DJ culture. They include loads of interesting interviews with the movers and shakers of hip-hop, reggae, northern soul, house, techno, and, of course, DISCO! Brewster and Broughton also do an excellent job of tying in what each genre contributed to the modern DJing methods. They also tie in the social issues and movements which sparked and fostered these scenes, from the block parties in the Bronx, to the glamorous nightclubs of Manhattan, to the sweaty, intense basements of Chicago, to the all-night parties on an English pier. 'Last Night a DJ Saved My Life' is a fascinating and well-researched work. Check it out soon!

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