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Up All Night: My Life and Times in Rock Radio

Up All Night: My Life and Times in Rock Radio

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Carol Miller is indisputably America’s premiere female rock ’n’ roll disc jockey, as her well-deserved induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame proves.

In her illuminating, fascinating, sometimes heartbreaking memoir, Up All Night, the legendary “Nightbird” tells the story of her colorful career—her rise to success


Carol Miller is indisputably America’s premiere female rock ’n’ roll disc jockey, as her well-deserved induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame proves.

In her illuminating, fascinating, sometimes heartbreaking memoir, Up All Night, the legendary “Nightbird” tells the story of her colorful career—her rise to success in a male-dominated music industry; her close and personal dealings with rock royalty like Bruce Springsteen (whose music she first introduced to New York radio), Sir Paul McCartney, and Steven Tyler (whom she dated)—and details openly and honestly her battle against breast cancer for the very first time.

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Publishers Weekly
From a young age, disc jockey Miller seemed destined to sit behind the studio mike of one of New York’s most powerful FM stations introducing the latest and greatest rock albums to an audience of night owls. In her entertaining, though sometimes tentative and self-deprecating, memoir, she recalls that even as a child she lived in Radioland because it would get directly inside her head, and she could hear catchy and revealing songs as well as the patter of DJs such as Cousin Brucie and B. Mitchel Reed. Miller began collecting 45s with the money she saved by scrimping on school lunch, and she developed a filing system for her records that included notes on the music from several local radio stations. At the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1960s, working as a music producer for her college radio station, she sees a woman behind the mike spinning classical records, and in that moment she realizes that maybe she can actually talk on the radio, too. In spite of her deep knowledge of the music and her innate ability to connect listeners with these sounds through her smooth delivery, Miller faces the entrenched chauvinism of the male-dominated world of rock radio and openly chronicles her disappointments and her successes as she moves to the pinnacle of her career as New York’s premiere female disc jockey at WPLJ and WNEW. Fiercely honest, she narrates her failed marriages, her friendships with rockers like Springsteen, whose music she introduced to New Yorkers, and Paul and Linda McCartney, and her lifelong struggles with health problems, including breast cancer, all the time maintaining her sense of humor and the grace that has made her such a wonderful companion to listeners all these years. (Sept.)
New York Times
“[Miller’s] voice drew a generation of teenage boys to their radios.”
New York Post
“Radio legend Carol Miller…the sultry-voiced and still-fabulous airwaves icon…is a beloved veteran of…classic rock.”
Library Journal
Radio personality (and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee) Miller talks about her life in radio in New York City from the 1970s to the present. One of the few Jewish women in the rock industry during this time, Miller brings a unique perspective to the scene. In a friendly and thoroughly casual tone, she recounts how, after she finished law school, she took a chance on an unstable career as a radio DJ. The memoir reads like a Who's Who of 1970s rock as Miller meets Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Tyler, Paul Stanley of KISS, and countless others. The author writes as if in a diary: she has no problem sharing the details (including names) of a few ardent nights in hotel rooms. Her candor shines as she discusses her struggle with breast cancer. VERDICT The incessant name-dropping becomes tiresome as the thin veneer of Miller's modesty wears off, and many chapters end with crude foreshadowing of future events. Nevertheless, this is an essential title for any reader who grew up listening to Miller's distinctive voice or who simply had a passion for rock music. [See Prepub Alert, 3/5/12.]—Allegra Young, Toronto, ON
Kirkus Reviews
An autobiography by a veteran female DJ in New York City. After four decades on air, Miller still works as a DJ at Clear Channel's Q104.3 FM and Sirius/XM radio. In her debut book, she chronicles her entire life, beginning with her 1950s childhood in Fort Bragg, N.C., Brooklyn, N.Y., and suburban Nassau County, where she grew up in a somber household with Jewish parents whose lives had been "tainted by tragedy" stemming from World War II. Music-related memories include being riveted by Elvis's performance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956 and attending a Beatles concert in 1964. "The current music was just about my only source for the alien but evidently essential information about socializing," she writes, "since such things were never spoken about at my house." Miller also discusses her college career at the University of Pennsylvania, where she started working in radio. Subsequently, she worked as a DJ in Philadelphia, and then New York, focusing on classic and progressive rock. An early fan of Bruce Springsteen, Miller describes meeting and/or interviewing celebrities such as Lily Tomlin, Paul and Linda McCartney and Murray Head, as well as briefly dating Steven Tyler. Darker chapters of her personal life include a long-running battle with breast cancer, which followed a doctor's misdiagnosis, a costly divorce and her struggle with uterine cancer. Throughout the book, Miller's voice remains upbeat and energetic, despite the shadow of her family's mysterious health issues. Her enthusiasm for rock 'n' roll vividly colors her life, if not these pages. Of interest to aspiring or working DJs, but the mostly tepid stories won't hold wide appeal.

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Meet the Author

Carol Miller is one of the longest-running New York radio personalities, currently heard on Clear Channel's Q104.3 in New York City, Sirius/XM satellite radio, and nationwide through United Stations. She's been on the air at WPLJ and WNEW, has been recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has hosted dozens of national and international radio shows. She's appeared on VH-1, ET, and elsewhere. Originally from New York, she holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law.

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Up All Night: My Life and Times in Rock Radio 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
StaceyWestPalmBeach More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading Carol's book - could not put it down - I grew up in the NYC metropolitan area and worked in the city until the early 90's and then relocated to South Florida. Carol was a big part of my radio listening at a time when you really got to know the DJ's. When I found out she wrote a book - Jim Kerr mentioned it on his Facebook page - I immediately pre-ordered it Thank you Carol for all the memories and for sharing your life with us. You are an inspiration! I also working in the industry as a radio time buyer and then sales person so the names mentioned brought back so many memories. Great reminder to keep listening on SiriusXm
drjane More than 1 year ago
To the folks at B and N : You should know that this book will not be released until 8/28/12. The only people who can, at this time, write a review are the "official" reviewers who were givent the galley copy by Harper Collins. Beware of any "reviews" you might receive from anyone else who preordered this book - assuming that they received this email request.(I preordered 5 copies and will order more.) I'll be happy to review this book once read in entirety in the fall but, beware, my review will be biased. Jane E. Miller MD - the author's sister
Anonymous More than 1 year ago