The Record Players: The Story of Dance Music Told by History's Greatest DJs

The Record Players: The Story of Dance Music Told by History's Greatest DJs

by Bill Brewster, Frank Broughton
     
 

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Acclaimed authors and music historians Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton have spent years traveling across the world to interview the revolutionary and outrageous DJs who shaped the last half-century of pop music. The Record Players is the fun and revealing result—a collection of firsthand accounts from the obsessives, the playboys, and the eccentrics

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Acclaimed authors and music historians Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton have spent years traveling across the world to interview the revolutionary and outrageous DJs who shaped the last half-century of pop music. The Record Players is the fun and revealing result—a collection of firsthand accounts from the obsessives, the playboys, and the eccentrics that dominated the music scene and contributed to the evolution of DJ culture.

It started when, instead of a live band, someone turned on the record player, and suddenly partygoers had more than one style of music to dance to. In the sixties, radio tastemakers brought their sound to the masses, sock hop by sock hop, while early trendsetters birthed the role of the club DJ at temples of hip like the Peppermint Lounge. By the seventies, DJs were dictating musical taste and changing the course of popular music; and in the eighties, young innovators wore out their cross-faders developing techniques that carried them over the line between record player and musician. With discographies, favorite songs, and amazing photos of all the DJs as young firebrands, The Record Players offers an unparalleled music education: from records to synthesizers, from disco to techno, and from small groups of influential music lovers to arenas packed with thousands of dancing fans.

A history told by the visionaries who experienced the movement, The Record Players allows a rare glimpse into the sound, culture, and craft that developed into a worldwide industry.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In the 21st century analog and digital music technologies and cultures continue to converge and diverge. Somewhere between technological manipulation and musical archaeology is the art of the DJ. In this series of interviews, Brewster and Broughton (coauthors, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jokey) illuminate the diversity of artists that propelled the DJ from sound engineer to featured performer. Each entry includes photos and a selected discography of the performer's work. Familiar DJ pioneers such as Grandmaster Flash and Paul Oakenfold are included with lesser-known originators like Terry Noel and Kev Roberts. In addition to the details of their lives, the performers also consider music consumption by the general public. Whereas early DJs introduced the public to new sounds through vinyl, modern DJs are increasingly manipulating music files to a more digitally sophisticated audience. Both, however, serve as musical archivists reintroducing forgotten records to current and future generations. VERDICT Mixed with colorful characters and stories, these interviews will appeal to aspiring DJs everywhere.—Joshua Finnell, Denison Univ. Lib., Granville, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802170897
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/05/2011
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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