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Radio Head

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  49 ratings  ·  10 reviews
s/t: From Chris Moyles to Book at Bedtime, Via Iranian Hip Hop, Ibsen Plays & Stuart Maconie
The hilarious and revealing account of the author's month as a Radio Head: listening to a different radio station each day, all day, for thirty days.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Ltd
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An quick entertaining read from author beginner John Osbourne. The book gives a good snapshot into the world of British radio. I felt that it needed to cover more ground but listening to a different radio station each day for a month is probably a hard task to do especially if you're working. The interviews with Tommy Boyd, Radcliffe & Maconie and Nicholas Parsons impressed me the most. Tommy Boyd is one colourful character that could probably fill lots of books.

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Just finished reading Radio Head and loved it. Radio is a passion of mine and there aren't enough books about it as a medium ... this stands level with Rebel Radio (about 70s and early 80s pirate radio) and I Am an Oil Tanker (about radio around the world). Radio Head started off okay but got better as it went along - at first Osborne just seemed to be reporting what he heard with little comment on how it made him feel but later he seemed to get more emotionally involved in the book and that mad ...more
Really enjoyable read that communicates John Osborne's passion for all things radiophonic. Scrolling his dial he spends a day at a time discovering stations that he enjoys, even if the most entertaining reading is when he doesn't like a DJ. Is book made me want to explore the radio more myself and knowing that he then went on to have a great series on Future Radio is a great postscript. Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of the book is his witty rendering of his day-to-day existence with his boss ...more
I din't like the author's style of writing at first, but by the end of the book it had become quite endearing. His writing also seemed to mature as it went on - I don't know if this was deliberate or not. It's a simple concept to build a book around - he listens to a different station everyday and just writes about the programming of the station and his own life. But it works brilliantly. I'm quite jealous that I never thought of it first.....anyway, a must read for any radio nut like myself.
Saw this guy's one man show - John Peel's shed - absolutely charming. Draws on many of the observations in this book. Wry, charming, unexpected and a fantastic exploration of the genre of radio. An absolute gem and am loving it.

If you're a bit of a radiophile like I am, this book is really funny and will definitely strike a chord.
Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ marked it as lookedinto-decidedagainst
Was going to listen to this, however there is so much more calling ...
Not bad. Started off a bit slow but I got into it after a few chapters.
Interesting and a very likeable writing style.
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