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Bill Brewster

Bill Brewster is the co-author with Frank Broughton on Last Night A DJ Saved My Life and How To DJ (Properly).

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23 Skidoo

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Brewster, Jockey Slut, 2001

"What man is at ease in his Inn?Get out.Wide is the world and cold.Get out.Thou hast become an initiate.Get out."Aleister Crowley – 'Skidoo', chapter 23 ...

Billy Butler, Jerry Butler, Major Lance, Curtis Mayfield: OKeh Records

Retrospective by Bill Brewster,, 2001

CHICAGO SOUL MUSIC, that weird conflation of gospel, rhythm and blues, latin rhythms and bass-heavy horn riffing, was somewhat overshadowed by its more well-known brothers ...

Elvis Costello (2002)

Interview by Bill Brewster, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 2002

The erstwhile Declan McManus, in the context of new album When I Was Cruel, looks back at the Attractions, punk, Thatcher, and talks about the craft of songwriting.

File format: mp3; file size: 44.6mb, interview length: 48' 43" sound quality: ****

DJ Shadow (2005)

Interview by Bill Brewster, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 2005

The erstwhile Josh Davis talks about how his world was changed by hip hop; how, in search of breaks, he became an obsessive collector; the ins-and-outs of sampling, and tells tales from the world of crate digging.

File format: mp3; file size: 61.1mb, interview length: 1h 06' 41" sound quality: ** (phoner)

Ian Dury, Chaz Jankel: Chaz Jankel

Interview by Bill Brewster, Faith, 2002

CHAZ JANKEL made his name as Ian Dury's collaborator and founder member of backing band, the Blockheads. As a solo artist, he's most well known ...

The Equals: Hello/Goodbye

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Brewster, MOJO, 2006

The Equals were a groundbreaking multiracial pop group at a time of terrible racism. This is the story of how they came together in a ...

Fatboy Slim, Paul Oakenfold, Sasha and Digweed: Clubs: USA Special! America: What Time Is Love?

Report by Bill Brewster, Face, The, September 2000

Dance music conquers America! Yes, really, this time! Bill Brewster on how Sasha, Oakie and Fatboy Slim are taking on the last bastion of rock'n'roll ...

Walter Gibbons: Salsoul Records: The Best Disco Label In The World... Ever

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Brewster, Record Collector, July 2005

We present a 30th birthday tribute to Salsoul, the label that changed club culture forever. Bill Brewster talks to the movers and shakers and celebrates ...

Walter Gibbons

Retrospective by Bill Brewster, Record Collector, July 2005

WALTER GIBBONS loved drums. As a young DJ, the beat-heavy records he played defined his sound and as a remixer he had the knack of ...

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: The True Life Adventures Of Flash

Sleevenotes by Frank Broughton, Bill Brewster, Nuphonic Records, 2002

Chapter 1FLASH ISN’T THE type of guy to start talking about "How it feels...", but that’s just what you want to ask him. How does ...

Loleatta Holloway

Interview by Bill Brewster,, January 2005

LOLEATTA WAS born in Chicago in 1946 and, like most of her peers, began singing in gospel groups before striking out on a solo career ...

Imagination: Just An Illusion

Sleevenotes by Bill Brewster, Demon Records, 2006

LOOKING AT Leee John's nether regions and his luxuriant falsetto, the phrase "all mouth and no trousers" might well have been invented to describe Imagination. ...

DJ Kool Herc: Adventures on the Wheels of Steel: DJ Kool Herc and the Birth of Hip Hop

Book Excerpt by Frank Broughton, Bill Brewster, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, 1999

Take a BreakFace your partner, holding hands. Tap one foot behind the other and bring your feet together again. Repeat with your other foot. (Your ...

David Mancuso (1998)

Interview by Bill Brewster, Frank Broughton, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1998

The Godfather of Disco takes us right back to NYC in the '70s and his legendary Loft parties: the gay/straight, black/white clientele; the search for perfect sound; the community of like-minded DJs and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 73.5mb, interview length: 1h 20' 19" sound quality: ***

Menudo, Ricky Martin: Ricky Martin

Interview by Bill Brewster, Big Issue, The, July 1999

What were your influences growing up in Puerto Rico? ...

Derrick May (2004)

Interview by Bill Brewster, Frank Broughton, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 2004

The techno pioneer tells the whole epic story: his childhood in Detroit; meeting Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins; discovering Chicago house and seeing Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy DJ; making 'Nude Photo' and 'Strings of Life', and being recognised in the UK. Plus a whole lot more...

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 146.3mb, total interview length: 2h 39' 48" sound quality: ****

Kylie Minogue: My Top Tunes

Interview by Bill Brewster, Mixmag, September 1992

'Flowers' — Titiyo"I think she's Swedish [she is], but I really know nothing about this, so I don't know what to tell you. I was ...

Rae & Christian, Bobby Womack: Rae & Christian

Profile and Interview by Bill Brewster, Big Issue, The, 2001

A PAIR OF bespectacled northerners sits opposite me. If you were to formulate a picture in your mind of what hip hop producers might look ...

S'Express' Mark Moore (2004)

Interview by Bill Brewster, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 2004

The pioneering DJ and artist takes us on a journey through London's clubland and the early days of electronic dance music, from Billy's and Blitz, via the gay club scene and the introduction of Ecstasy and House music, through to hitting with S'Express.

File format: mp3; file size: 60.5mb, interview length: 1h 06' 04" sound quality: *****

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Charlie Gillett (1999)

Interview by Bill Brewster,, March 1999

From his childhood in Stockton and early fascination with black American music, right through his days as a journalist and broadcaster, taking in The Sound of the City, Ian Dury, Dire Straits and his increasing fascination with World Music.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 100.4mb, total interview length: 1h 49' 36" sound quality: **

Italian DJ Daniele Baldelli created the Afro Cosmic disco scene

Interview by Bill Brewster, Wax Poetics, Spring 2005

IMAGINE CIRCLING the planet in a spaceship — weightless, far from home, listening to music on your gravity-modified iPod. Or imagine trying to sprint through ...

Ron Hardy, Chicago Legend

Retrospective by Bill Brewster, Faith, 2004

If Frankie Knuckles is the Godfather of House, Ron Hardy was its Baron Frankenstein. ...

Sal Abbatiello (1998)

Interview by Bill Brewster, Frank Broughton, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1998

Sal Abbatiello, proprietor of the South Bronx club, Disco Fever, tells the tale of the DJs, MCs, hustlers, gangsters and the kids who made it the hottest club in early hip hop: Grandmaster Flash, Kurtis Blow and a cast of thousands.

File format: mp3; file size: 43mb, interview length: 46' 59" sound quality: ***

20 Salsoul Classics

Discography by Bill Brewster, Record Collector, July 2006


Grumpy Old DJs

Interview by Bill Brewster, Mixmag, 2006

IS IT STILL financially viable to employ a butler to carry one's record valise? Why can't you get wooden slipmats any more? Is 45rpm a ...

Paradise Garage and the Lost Art of DJ'ing

Sleevenotes by Frank Broughton, Bill Brewster, Strut/Nuphonic Records, 2002

PUTTING A ROOMFUL of people in the moment. Amazing them, surprising them, challenging, even confusing them; pushing, electrifying, loving them; carrying them with you towards ...

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