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The Record Players: DJ Revolutionaries

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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 resulta collection of firsthand accounts from the obsessives, the playboys, and the eccentrics that dominated the mus

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Published April 12th 2011 by Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (first published July 1st 2010)
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Mark Love
Oct 18, 2010 Mark Love rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DJ Revolutionaries has a simple format - a series of interviews with the most influential DJs from every generation since Jimmy Saville first wired two record decks together.

The passion for playing records shines through the revolutionaries from every era: from tales of the early Mecca ballroom days, through the smoke-filled sixties hippy clubs, to northern soul nights on Cleethorpes pier, New York disco, hip-hop block parties, Chicago house, Detroit techno and dirty London drum and bass.

For a
Jul 03, 2011 Tosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton's previous book "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life" is probably one of the best music orientated books ever. The mighty two here goes into the culture of the DJ with all its subtitles and layers of what that means. "Last Night..." deals with the history of someone playing a recording for someone else - and therefore many sub-cultures were invented for this purpose. I think what was remarkable about this book is that I had very little interest in DJ Music. But then I ...more
May 13, 2013 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To start off, I like dance music. At some point in my life I went to clubs a lot and considered buying vinyls. In the end, that didn't happen.
This book was rated for its meaning to me and how interesting it was for me to read. If you're not into music/cultural history, it may not be as interesting for you.

This book tells you how individual dance music scenes got started. It is a follow-up to "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" by the same authors. In this book, the authors give full interviews with
Chi Chi
Interesting oral history of deejay culture that ultimately left me frustrated, both with the material covered and with the interviewing style of the authors. That said, I stilled learned a lot. I hope volume two turns out better.
Joshua Finnell
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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
I felt this book was really good in the way that it introduces the reader to the history of the DJ and the evolution of electronic music and club culture by first-hand accounts from the DJs and producers who were involved in getting it all going. At the moment, I've been exploring making electronic music myself, and to get perspective on the thoughts of the DJs and producers who started it all is very helpful. I think it's fascinating. From John Peel to DJ Shadow to Fabio and Shut Up and Dance, ...more
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