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The Record Players: DJ Revolutionaries

DJ History, the publishing house behind Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, follows up with a new release on the history of dance music

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Photo books are big on DJ History’s agenda, which makes sense – nightlife is intensely visual. This year Brewster and Broughton plan to bring out art books by Graham Smith (London’s early ’80s New Romantics, from which Culture Club and Duran Duran sprang) and Bill Bernstein (late ’70s New York disco). Clearly, the duo is open to many angles – and they put their stamp on the book as much as the authors.

“We would never want someone to just deliver a book and leave it at that,” Broughton says. “We can take something which might otherwise be too specialist and make it as appealing as possible.” Which raises the question, given DJ History’s niche, of that vexing old wives’ tales that dance-music fans 
don’t read.

Broughton’s answer is simple: “Dance fans do read. There’s a generation, in the U.K. certainly, who have carried on going out but now find they have less time and energy to go clubbing, and more sofa-time and more pocket money to buy a book about their glory years. Fingers crossed we can keep making books to get them excited.”

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