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Good Morning Nantwich: Adventures in Breakfast Radio

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  124 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Uncovering the secret world of the most competitive and highest profile slot in radio, this study leads a hilarious romp through the ins and outs of the breakfast show. Penned by a former breakfast radio DJ on BBC 6 Music, access is granted to some of the country's brightest and best loved DJs and stations—from Terry Wogan, Chris Moyles, Johnny Vaughan, and Tony Blackburn ...more
Audio CD, Abridged, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by HarperCollins UK (first published October 1st 2009)
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Iain
Phil was the first breakfast DJ on the BBC's 6 music station lasting 5 years before deciding to quit, and this is his story of those years. The blurb says it's an insight into the world of radio but really there isn't much insight more strong opinion from Phil on how radio should be.

It starts in predictable fashion with him telling us how much he likes music as if we couldnt already see that then the obligatory chapter about growing up followed by his time firstly at GLR radio in London and then
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Tracey
May 24, 2015 Tracey rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Entertaining and moving. This book feels like a huge bear hug and makes me wish he was still on 6 Music...
Alex
Jul 07, 2011 Alex rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Radio enthusiasts, Phill Jupitus fans
Sometimes very funny, sometimes self-righteous, sometimes bitter and twisted. One man's journey towards the realisation that the British public generally like bland, dumbed down and patronising music and radio. And he really can't understand why. Phill, it's because the majority of the British public are thick zombies that consider soap operas to be 'drama'. It's tough having such a downer on your fellow countrymen, but you'll get over it.

Worth reading this book for the Dale Winton anecdotes if
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Darren Hemmings
As someone who has presented radio shows for some years I went into this confident I'd love it, primarily because I knew Phill had a similar view to me - ie a deep dislike of playlisted radio and a general feeling that somehow an amazing platform had lost its way, with DJs reduced to being announcers rather than competent music filters for the public. In reality, whilst I enjoyed Phill's explanations of how he feels great radio should be, I just felt that on the whole the book misfired a little ...more
Rob
I'm not really certain what Jupitus set out to do with this book, and therein lies the problem. Pre-publicity for the book suggested that it would cover the generation of a new radio station and Jupitus' subsequent falling out with the controllers, with a handy side-order of whimsical anecdotes.

What you really get, however, is a grab-bag of assorted snippets from various potential memoirs -'my early years growing up in Essex', 'why I love radio', 'early forays into broadcasting' - welded onto a
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David Board
As a fan of Phill's show, and 6music in general, as well as being someone who works in radio, I was looking forward to reading this book. However, while it was an enjoyable read, it was lacking in the charm Phill normally exhibits while broadcasting. In places the prose was witty, but most of time felt quite pedestrian.

Too much of the book was about Phill's life in general, and his introductions to music and radio. Instead, I feel it should have focused more on the actually dramas and internal p
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Godzilla
I picked this up on a whim: Phill Jupitus has always struck me as a sound kind of guy and it would give an insight into the world of radio.

Then I saw the ratings on here and my heart sank, a measly 2.5 stars, then I saw the rating was based on two reviews and my hopes were raised again.

I'm raising the average, but the book wasn't that enlightening to be honest.

It confirmed my view of Phill Jupitus as a nice guy, but it didn't reward me in the way I hoped for.

The story of 6 Music isn't that rivet
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Marti
Only four stars because I simply don't have the historical perspective or cultural knowledge to really grok the writing about the personalities and presenters discussed. It is a charming read—as informative and funny as the man himself. But it was also surprisingly touching. More than once I found myself a little choked up, not because the stories were that emotionally devastating, but because the writing so conveyed his love for the medium and his utter bewilderment and sadness at the way the p ...more
Neil Denham
The worlds longest apology letter to Lesley Douglas. Quite interesting though (as a previous listener of his show!)
Ade Couper
Phill Jupitus is a very funny bloke. He's also a former DJ, who was the 1st breakfast show presenter on BBC 6 music. This is his account of life as a breakfast show DJ, & it's hilarious.

Jupitus comes across on paper as well as he does live or on TV or radio, & this genuinely had me laughing aloud at times. The chapter where he gives a scathing minute-by-minute commentary on a local commercial radio station's breakfast show is brilliant.

This book will make you laugh. That is a good reason
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Bethnoir
I like Phill Jupitus and this book was very entertaining. Occasionally it seemed to linger on certain moments in his career for longer than necessary, but generally it was a goo insight into his world.
Louise
I only discovered Radio 6 a few months ago so this was a very entertaining account of the early years I didn't know about. Not too detailed about the acts appearing on the show, but still very good.
Steve
Decent read for radio fans, especially the first half of the book. And the nicely written foreword by Lauren Laverne.
Bit of a potty mouth, I did like the quote 'hindsight is a fucker'
Kate Kshashkiewitch
As a person who enjoys Jupitus' musical taste, sense of humour and wittiness, I found this an incredibly enjoyable read.
Laura
3.5 stars actually. Interesting insight into the early days of BBC Radio 6Music, and also into Phill's character.
Mona Dehghan
Perfect for any radiophile, anglophile, and especially both. Fans of John Peel will adore this.
Paul Cheney
Very amusing trawl through the mind and music collection of Phill Jupitus.
Liam
Mar 21, 2012 Liam marked it as to-read
He's quite a good comedian. So his book must be alright, eh?
Jenna
Funny in places but overall a bit slow
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