Arguably the quintessential book on the rise of the DJ, Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton’s Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey is set to be re-released by White Rabbit Books in July, featuring a new foreword by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem.
Originally released in 1999, the book encompasses the whole unruly story of dance music in one volume recreating the dancefloors that made history and featuring the voices of the DJs and clubbers at their heart – from grime, garage, house, hip hop and disco, to techno, soul, reggae, rock’n’roll, and EDM.
The latest edition has been refreshed, updated, and features two brand new chapters.
“Our little book has had a busy life,” Brewster and Broughton commented. “It’s been round the world a few times and it’s heartwarming how many people have taken inspiration from it.
“As it heads into its third decade it was great to get friendly with it again, straighten its collar and send it back out to meet a whole load of new people.”
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The re-release follows the securing by White Rabbit of UK & Commonwealth rights to the book from The Soho Agency.
“Fully revised, updated and expanded to cover the past decade and more in dance music culture, Last Night a DJ is always up there towards the top of the lists when it comes to debate about the greatest music books,” commented White Rabbit publisher Lee Brackstone. “It will have a long life at White Rabbit but a one-off outing in hardback for the serious collectors and Heads. Get on it.”
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey will be published on 7 July 2022, in hardback, eBook and audio.