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"Brewster and Broughton...have written a lively and--to anyone with a more than casual interest in the history of popular music in the latter half of the 20th century--necessary volume."--The New York Times Book Review
"A riveting look at record spinning from its beginnings to the present day, the authors show that the history and art of deejaying makes for a grander and more fascinating story than one would think..... The book is intricately detailed and informative, filled with grand themes and historical anecdotes, all leavened with a wiseass humor that keeps the whole thing from getting too pretentious."--Time Out
"What makes [Last Night a DJ Saved My Life] so good, besides the crisp, lucid writing, is that it also gives a fascinating, episodic history of the jive-talking radio DJs and Parisian discos that established the themes that would play out in hip-hop, disco and rave culture."--Salon
"These British music-mag writers deliver the goods with humor and a basic sense of good storytelling."--Vibe
"Brewster and Broughton exhibit considerable skill in rendering the meta-story seamless, subtly turning what is essentially an oral history, culled from original interviews and other published sources, into an orchestral piece."--Hartford Courant
"Very informative...takes you way back into the 'true roots' of dance music and hip hop's culture, then smoothly brings you into the future."--Danny Tenaglia
"This is for anyone who has ever found themselves lost on the dancefloor."--The Face
"Exhaustive yet entertaining...a definitive history of the disc jockey.... The book lovingly captures a host of compelling stories from every seminal DJ across the last century.... Energy jumps from the book's pages."--iD
"From counterculture to mainstream leisure, the DJ has always been at the heart of clubland.... An illuminating, thoughtful, and insightful tome."--Muzik
Excerpts Last Night a DJ Saved My Life:
"Today (no offense to priests and ministers, who try their best), it is the DJ who presides at our festivals of transcendence. Like this witchdoctor, we know he's just a normal guy really--I mean, look at him--but when he wipes away our everyday lives with holy drums and sanctified basslines, we are quite prepared to think of him as a god, or at the very least a sacred intermediary, the man who can get the great one to return our calls.
"In a good club, and even in most bad ones, the dancers are celebrating their youth, their energy, their sexuality. They are worshipping life through dance and music. Some worship with the heightened levels of perception that drugs bring; but most are carried away merely by the music and the people around them. The DJ is the key to all this. By playing records in the right way the average DJ has a tremendous power to affect people's states of mind. A truly great DJ, just for a moment, can make a whole room fall in love. Because, you see, DJing is not just about choosing a few tunes. It's about generating shared moods; it's about understanding the feelings of a group of people and directing them to a better place. In the hands of a master, records become the tools for rituals of spiritual communion that for many people are the most powerful events in their lives."
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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... Read morePublished on July 9 2005 by Ruby
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... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003
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... Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2002 by Adam Machanic
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.Published on Dec 9 2001 by antaclaude
I bought this book specifically for the history of techno and electronica music and was extremely impressed by the depth of coverage this book has on the impact of the DJ on the... Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2001 by Jamie Wilson
reading this book has giving me a better understanding and a deeper appreciation of the people, the technology which now enables us to make inncredible music. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2001
For anyone truly interested in the history as well as progression of the DJ, dance music and the followers who keep all the above alive, this book is a must have. Read morePublished on June 17 2001 by Christina Martineau