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Radio Head

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  63 Ratings  ·  12 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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Mike O'Brien
Feb 28, 2016 Mike O'Brien rated it it was amazing
This was a lovely read. I liked John Osborne, he seems like a very pleasant chap, not to be mistaken, as goodreads does, for the angry playwright of the 1960s.

His examination of the radio and the biographical detail he provides are nicely humorous and understated. I will be reading some of his other stuff.

After writing the above, I looked John up and discovered that I have come across him before. He had a thing on the radio in 2014 called "The New Blur Album, which I listened to, and thoroughly
Mar 31, 2012 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

One glaring error I would to
Apr 12, 2010 Alison rated it really liked it
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
Jun 03, 2013 Russio rated it really liked it
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
Simon Harper
Dec 04, 2015 Simon Harper rated it really liked it
A lovely tribute to the power of radio.
Jul 03, 2011 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 16, 2012 Nix rated it really liked it
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.

Jun 01, 2012 Peter rated it really liked 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 ...
Apr 27, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
Not bad. Started off a bit slow but I got into it after a few chapters.
Oct 02, 2013 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and a very likeable writing style.
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