Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (Updated) Paperback – May 22 2006
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About the Author
Bill Brewster is co-owner of dance label Forensic, a renowned DJ and a freelance writer. Frank Broughton is an author and freelance journalist whose work has appeared in NME and ROLLING STONE and was deputy editor of i-D magazine.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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great read for any DJ or anyone into the history of club musicPublished 14 months ago by Sean Metcalfe
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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
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