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Last Night a DJ Saved My Life

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life

The History of the Disc Jockey

Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton
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Last Night a DJ Saved My Life was the first comprehensive history of the disc jockey, a figure who has become a powerful force shaping the music industry--and since its original publication, the book has become a cult classic. Now, with five new chapters and over a hundred pages of additional material, this updated and revised edition of Last Night a DJ Saved My Life reasserts itself as the definitive account of DJ culture, from the first record played over airwaves to house, hip hop, techno, and beyond.


From the early development of recorded and transmitted sound, DJs have been shaping the way we listen to music and the record industry. Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton have tracked down the inside story on some of music's most memorable moments. Focusing on the club DJ, the book gets first-hand accounts of the births of disco, hip hop, house, and techno. Visiting legendary clubs like the Peppermint Lounge, Cheetah, the Loft, Sound Factory, and Ministry of Sound, and with interviews with legendary DJs, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life is a lively and entertaining account of musical history and some of the most legendary parties of the century.


Bill Brewster has been editor of Mixmag's Update USA. His writing appears regularly in MixmagThe FaceTime OutThe Big Issue, and The Guardian. He currently lives in London.


Frank Broughton has been deputy editor of Mixmag's Update USA and iD, and also writes for DetailsRolling StoneThe FaceNMEHip Hop Connection, and Time Out New York, where he was founding clubs editor. He currently lives in London.


  • Publisher: Grove Press; Updated, Revised ed. edition (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: ‎English
  • Paperback: ‎448 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎0802146104
  • ISBN-13: ‎9780802146106
  • Item Weight: ‎1.35 pounds
  • Dimensions: ‎5.7 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
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