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

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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 ...

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The Record Players: DJ Revolutionaries

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Overview

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.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802170897
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 863,910
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Listen to this! 4

Dance hall disrupter Jimmy Savile 6

No. 1 deejay Ian Samwell 18

The modfather Jeff Dexter 24

Inspired everybody John Peel 38

Original mixer Terry Noel 48

The groundbreaker Francis Grasso 56

Treasure seeker 'Farmer'Carl Dene 72

Soul adventurer Ian Levine 80

Casino royal Kev Roberts 90

A northern soul Ian Dewhirst 100

Disco's radical Steve D'Acquisto 112

Party messiah David Mancuso 124

Father of remixing Tom Moulton 134

Wild man of disco Nicky Siano 144

Disco dubmaster François Kevorkian 154

Father of hip hop Kool Herc 164

Scientist of the mix Grandmaster Flash 176

Zulu king of the Bronx Afrika Bambaataa 190

Maestro electro Arthur Baker 204

Turntable virtuoso Grand Mixer D.ST 216

Vinyl resurrectionist DJ Shadow 224

Godfather of house Frankie Knuckles 232

Chicago architect Chip E 242

Leader of the jack Marshall Jefferson 252

Acid originator DJ Pierre 264

Hitmaker David Morales 276

Master at work Louie Vega 290

Techno rebel Juan Atkins 298

High-tech soul Derrick May 306

Detroit wizard Jeff Mills 320

Ibiza's magician Alfredo 330

Smooth operator José Padilla 338

Cosmic voyager Daniele Baldelli 344

Soul Mafia hitman Froggy 352

Acid house evangelist Danny Rampling 362

Cultural hooligan Terry Farley 370

Electronic punk Andrew Weatherall 384

Haçienda housemaster Mike Pickering 394

Most successful Paul Oakenfold 400

Pop star Norman Cook 410

Essential selector Pete Tong 418

Son of God? Sasha 426

Hardcore hero Fabio 438

Shut Up And Dance: Into the jungle 448

Dreem Teem: Garage mechanics 456

Tiësto: Stadium superstar 466

Thanks: and photo credits 474

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