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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; Rev Upd edition (May 20 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802146104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802146106
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Ruby on July 9 2005
Format: Paperback
Au début, je ne voulais pas lire ce livre à cause du titre. Je croyais que c'était pour être un autre livre sur les raves bonbon djs plogués etc... Surprise, j'ai adoré du début jusqu'à la fin. C'est une lecture essentiel pour tous les djs, amateurs or animateurs de radio, étudiants en communication et sans oublier les journalistes (qui trop souvent radotent n'importe quoi) bref tous les gens intéressés par la diffusion de musique enregistrée au public. Ça ne parle pas que de la musique électronique, mais de toutes les musiques. C'est vraiment l'histoire du DJ. C'est un excellent livre. Une lecture essentielle.
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By lostluc on Oct. 5 2011
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Last Night A DJ Saved My Life lives up it's billing as the definitive history of the disc jockey, as well as that of club culture. Brewster and Broughton presented an extensively researched and well connected history through a number of key genres, from sock hops, Jamaican sound systems, soul, disco, hip hop, and into house and techno. Through interviews with survivors of these scenes, the reader is given a good deal of first hand information, and gets a real feeling for most of the music presented, regardless of how familiar you are. In fact, one of the greatests aspects of this book is that it centers on the underground cultures: hip-hop before it became rap, disco before it became mainstream, etc.
However, the book is not without it's faults. Very early on, the authors slam academia, claiming that such an approach is incapable of providing a passionate or meaningful account. Certainly, this is both true and false, and it is unfair to make such a claim. My other main complaint with the book is that once it moves into the more modern genres of house and techno, the writers seem to lose their steam. One gets the feeling that these chapters were included in an effort to be definitive, not a level of deep-rooted passion for the music by the authors. Consequently, these chapters are not very interesting reads.
Still, this is the definitive book on the subject. Despite the aforementioned flaws, it is extremely informative, and overall, very well researched. A must for anyone interested in deejaying, club culture, or general music history.
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By A Customer on Nov. 3 2003
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For those interested in EVERY aspect of DJ culture and its rich history, this is the book for you. Every DJ should read this book to know where you've come from so that you know where you're going. VITAL.
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After almost 30 years in the music industry and reading all the other accounts of "how it was", I can truthfully say someone got it right. While tending not to overly focus on any sub-genre of dance music, this book is an excellent read of the history of the DJ and where it all came from, traveling through the turbulent 60's right through to the creation of dance music in the 70's, it's subsequent death and rebirth in the 80's and its' continuing refinement today. The most important part, the authors have truly done their homework and gotten the right names and the right facts to give an honest and thoughtful overview of the nightclub disc jockey while making sure to pay their dues to those who got us where we are today. More than any other book, I recommend "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life" to the new, up and coming DJ who wants to know about our history and the selfless people who created a movement.
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By Adam Machanic on Sept. 13 2002
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I found this book to be a great read. Very well written, thorough, and extremely interesting! It's exactly what I was looking for when I went searching for information about the origins of the modern club DJ.
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Frankly, I bought this book because I was interested in learning more about techno/trance DJs, and was initially disappointed by the relative dearth of discussion of current trends (a discussion of these comes only in the last quarter of this book). However, my disappointment turned into appreciation as I realized this book truly is a history of the DJ, from way back in the early 1900s to today. This history offers a vast amount of information about who the first DJ pioneers were, and it is divided up into sections on the first radio DJs, northern soul DJs, reggae, disco, rap, and--finally--techno.
The authors point out that they're not doing any academic, high-fallutin' theoretical study of the DJ, but I think they took this anti-academicism too far. The DJ is a fascinating figure because s/he challenges so many of Western culture's ideas about what constitutes "music" and what constitutes "artistry." This book could have been much enriched by delving into the ways the DJ changes how we think about music.
As it is, the history in this study is admirably exhaustive; but because it doesn't connect this history to a larger history of music and aesthetics, it sometimes becomes just exhausting.
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By antaclaude on Dec 9 2001
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i am a professional disc jockey who has been spinning for 12 years, mostly hip hop. this book changed the way i look at music and the mixing of it, forever.
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