Last Night A DJ Saved My Life is probably one of the most honest, straight forward, influential reads, based on the history of the Disc Jockey. Authored by: Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton, this book Spans all genres, while touching on a lot of out-standing, unanswered questions, i.e. “How did the DJ come to be?”, and “Are DJs really that important?” It also gets pretty in depth with the conception of ASCAP, BMI, and other music industry watchdogs that were conceptualized for the sole purpose of “keeping the Radio DJ in check.” Not to mention, the seemingly obvious process of payola.
Having read this, I can honestly say, it’s totally changed my perspective on the music industry, and I now have an even greater respect for the DJ. I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s interested in getting heavily involved in the music industry; whether it be running a label, DJing for a living, performing in a band, or producing, this book is super informative, and definitely eliminates any preconceived notions that tend to pop up among the “experts” in this industry.
Also, a quick shout out to Rodrigo Corral, for the beautiful book cover design, and Jocelyn Miller, for the beautiful photography.