Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (book)
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Last Night a DJ Saved my Life (1999) is a music history book by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton, documenting the phenomenon of the DJ in the 20th century. It has been described as the best in its league when it comes to documenting dance music and early club culture and DJ-ness across the many genres where it is to be found.
Both experienced journalists, Brewster and Broughton seek to chronicle the role of the DJ in the 20th century. Starting from Jimmy Savile, who was effectively the first DJ, Broughton and Brewster track the rise of the DJ as a figure in music. The authors champion the postmodern idea that the DJ is an "unsung hero" of popular music and is an artist himself. In examining the place of a DJ over time, Last Night... also follows the rise and fall of various musical genres and subcultures. The book was accompanied by a CD released by Nuphonic.