Up All Night: My Life and Times in Rock Radio

Up All Night: My Life and Times in Rock Radio

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by Carol Miller

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The all-American chronicle of radio legend Carol Miller, from her rise to success in a male dominated world, to the rockstars she's know along the way, to, for the first time, the private story of her quietly waged battle with a deadly disease.

As one of the nation's top radio DJs, Carol Miller introduced the music of Bruce Springsteen to the New York

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The all-American chronicle of radio legend Carol Miller, from her rise to success in a male dominated world, to the rockstars she's know along the way, to, for the first time, the private story of her quietly waged battle with a deadly disease.

As one of the nation's top radio DJs, Carol Miller introduced the music of Bruce Springsteen to the New York airwaves, was on a first-name basis with Sir Paul McCartney, dated Steven Tyler, and has been recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her on-air approach and singular voice have infl uenced the sound of rock radio for more than four decades, and her satellite and syndicated Get the Led Out programs are heard nationwide.

In Up All Night, Carol spins the entertaining, moving, and revealing story of her life and times in rock radio and beyond. A nice Jewish girl from Queens, Carol was supposed to be a doctor or, at the very least, a lawyer. But hearing a doo-wop trio in the alley under her window changed the direction of her life forever: she fell in love with popular music.

As the tumult and excitement of the sixties rocked colleges across America, Carol—a biology major at the University of Pennsylvania—became an underground rock DJ at the campus radio station. Radio jobs in Philadelphia and New York City quickly followed, and Carol rose to the top of the profession. But even as she enjoyed a professional and personal life imbued with rock and roll glamour, Carol harbored guilt, disappointment, and alienation, believing she'd failed her traditional, intellectual Jewish parents and often feeling like an outsider in the very culture she had helped to create. The specter of an unnamed illness that had claimed many of her relatives' lives hung over hers as well, and she too would face a monumental challenge when diagnosed with breast and uterine cancer. Told in the distinctive voice that has charmed millions of listeners for decades, Up All Night is a frank, funny, and inspiring memoir. Offering snapshots of the rarefied world of pop music and the shifting social history of our times, it is as much a cultural chronicle as it is one woman's candid and moving story.

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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 Post
“Radio legend Carol Miller…the sultry-voiced and still-fabulous airwaves icon…is a beloved veteran of…classic rock.”
New York Times
“[Miller’s] voice drew a generation of teenage boys to their radios.”
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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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