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Frank Broughton

Frank Broughton

Frank Broughton learnt how to get paid for words while living in strange parts of New York. He interviewed every rapper known to science for Hip-Hop Connection, moved on to profiling celebs for magazines that couldn’t afford air tickets (i-D, Mixmag...), and had some heavy nights after squeezing dance music pieces into big-paying US mags (Details, Rolling Stone...). He then fell in with Time Out who let him write a hymn to his adopted city in the shape of their 1996 New York Guide and made him Clubs Editor of Time Out New York. Frank took to this position with the dedication it deserved and was fried in no time.

He returned to London and started writing books with Bill Brewster, another Lincolnshire New Yorker. The duo raided their hard-drives for The Manual a coffee-table dance culture history for the Ministry of Sound; cooked up The Time Out Book of Interviews and then got serious with their calling-card opus 1999’s Last Night A DJ Saved My Life. Amazingly, no-one had written a decent history of DJing and they resolved to see off all-comers. Following this, they extended the Broughton-Brewster franchise with the best-selling DJing manual How to DJ (Properly) and there are more titles in the pipeline. They also collaborate to throw some very fine ‘Low Life’ parties.

When magazines sold themselves out to bikini covers and microcelebs Frank sold himself out to copywriting. He got a good price and can now hold his own in brand development and market segmentation meetings. His imperative tone has been appreciated by such clients as Toshiba, BT, Seagrams, Playboy TV, One 2 One, T-Mobile, Britannia Music and boo.com. Frank lives in Elephant & Castle. He has no pets.

FREELANCE (since 1990)
Face, i-D, Details, Guardian, Hip-Hop Connection, Rolling Stone, Mixmag,
Mixmag US (now Mixer), Time Out, Time Out New York...

BOOKS
Last Night A DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey (1999, 2000)
The Manual (Ministry of Sound) (1998)
Time Out Interviews 1968-1998 (1998)
Time Out Guide to New York (1996)
How to DJ (Properly) (2002)

STAFF JOBS
Clubs Editor, Time Out New York
Deputy editor, i-D,
Deputy editor, Mixmag USA
(briefly) Editor of ill-fated style mag Blah Blah Blah

 

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List of articles in the library by artist

Aaliyah: Little Miss Thing

Interview by Frank Broughton, i-D, March 1995

She's 15, she's pregnant, she's married to the scandalous R Kelly. Or so the rumours go. But really, the only thing you need to know ...

Laurie AndersonMedia Manipulator

Interview by Frank Broughton, i-D, August 1994

SHE’S A MULTI-MEDIA story-teller, spinning yarns around the flickering campfire of technology. Her songs are swathes of hypnotic synthesised tones, with eerie voice filters focussing ...

Funkadelic, George Clinton, Parliament: George Clinton: Funky 54

Retrospective and Interview by Frank Broughton, i-D, February 1994

PARLIAMENT-FUNKADELIC, P-Funk, The P -- Specially designed afronauts capable of funketizing entire galaxies. Their mothership long ago made its terrestrial connection and they are amongst ...

The Cold Crush Brothers' Charlie Chase (1998)

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

From discovering the breaks to the most enthralling stage act in hip hop's first decade, Cold Crush Brothers' Charlie Chase — a rare Hispanic DJ — takes us back to the park jams and the PALs, and the DJs like Bam, Flash and Theodore.

File format: mp3; file size: 54.4mb, interview length: 59' 27" sound quality: ****

Fab 5 Freddy (1998)

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

From teenage dancing to Grandmaster Flowers in Brooklyn to Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage, via the early days of hip hop, making Wild Style with Charlie Ahearn, bringing uptown DJs to downtown clubs and art galleries — Freddy was there and tells all about it.

File format: mp3; file size: 74.1mb, interview length: 1h 20' 53" sound quality: ****

Garbage

Interview by Frank Broughton, i-D, 1995

WILD LUCK, cynical suspicion, deep fraternal love and dodgy Scottish accents: in the true life story of a musical group called Garbage all these things ...

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: Grandmaster Flash

Interview by Frank Broughton, Guardian, The, January 2002

A RECENT SURVEY suggests that up to 62% of the world's population is now a famous DJ. In hotspots like Shoreditch, it's easier to find ...

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 ...

Grateful Dead: March of the Deadheads

Report by Frank Broughton, i-D, August 1994

The Grateful Dead are the focus for the surviving remnants of America's counterculture: the Deadheads, a colourful bunch of travelling hippies who have created a ...

Frankie Knuckles Interviewed in NYC

Interview by Frank Broughton, djhistory.com, February 1995

Anyone with even a passing knowledge of dancefloor history knows Frankie Knuckles respectfully as the 'Godfather of House'. Together with his childhood friend Larry Levan ...

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 ...

DJ Kool Herc (1998)

Interview by Frank Broughton, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 1998

The pioneering DJ drives around the Bronx, pointing out the hip-hop sites while talking about the rec rooms, block parties, B-boys, breaks and everything that went into the form's invention.

File format: mp3; file size: 59mb, interview length: 1h 04' 28" sound quality: ***

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: ***

David Mancuso: Flat Epic

Profile and Interview by Frank Broughton, Face, The, October 1999

His home was The Loft. He played house before it existed. And New York's David Mancuso has a nun to thank for it all ...

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: ****

The Pharcyde: From Manor to Cabin: The Pharcyde's Bizarre Ride

Profile and Interview by Frank Broughton, i-D, 1994

BACK AT THE HEIGHT of hip-hop’s dyslexia, when f’s were ph’s or not at all, there arrived a group from darkest LA who called themselves ...

Puff Daddy: Sean 'Puffy' Combs

Interview by Frank Broughton, i-D, 1994

"IT'S ALL GOOD."Puffy’s conversation is peppered with this little nugget of current street-talk. ...

Nicky Siano (1999)

Interview by Frank Broughton, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1999

The pioneering disco DJ remembers the revelation that was David Mancuso’s Loft; opening his own club the Gallery; DJing at Studio 54; his proteges Frankie Knuckles and, in particular, Larry Levan; and the end of the party and the rise of AIDS.

File format: mp3; file size: 62.3mb, interview length: 1h 08' sound quality: ****

Danny Tenaglia: The DJs’ DJ: Danny Tenaglia

Profile and Interview by Frank Broughton, DJ Magazine, 2001

THEY RAIDED Vinyl last week. The cops shut down the party, made some arrests, confiscated (allegedly) $15,000 of door money and (also allegedly, legal fans) ...

Danny Tenaglia (2000)

Interview by Frank Broughton, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 2000

From being a teenage record nut to the age of the superstar DJ, Tenaglia describes his travels in a lifetime in dance music: the great NYC clubs; his fellow DJs; the dynamics of the dancefloor and his philosophy on the ones and twos.

File format: mp3; file size: 94.8mb, interview length: 1h 43' 34" sound quality: ****

Todd Terry: Time For Todd Terry

Report and Interview by Frank Broughton, i-D, 1995

"BATTLING PEOPLE: that’s what keeps me going." The man in the bomber jacket lays it down straight. "I got to beat everybody. It’s me against ...

Josh Wink: the Acid Athlete

Interview by Frank Broughton, Mixmag, April 1995

You may have heard that deep trance track with the manic laughing. That's Josh Wink, the coolest, wildest, funkiest trance doctor in America. When Josh ...

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Francis Grasso (1999)

Interview by Frank Broughton, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1999

The pioneering disco DJ remembers the clubs, most importantly the Sanctuary; talks about his inventions: slip-cueing, beatmatching and the seamless mix; and on the scene, the drugs, the other DJs, dating Liza Minnelli and getting beaten up by the Mob!

File format: mp3; file size: 68.2mb, interview length: 1h 14' 30" sound quality: ***

Jimmy Savile: The Oddfather

Report and Interview by Frank Broughton, GQ, November 2012

As the fallout from the Jimmy Savile abuse allegations continues, dance music historian Frank Broughton asks whether the next revelations may be his connections to ...

Richard Grabel (1999)

Interview by Frank Broughton, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 1999

The NME's NYC correspondent on the rise of hip hop and its impact on the downtown scene; clubs like the Roxy and the Funhouse; the dancefloor movers: Bambaataa, Arthur Baker, Jellybean Benitez and more.

File format: mp3; file size: 48.8mb, interview length: 53' 19" sound quality: ****

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: ***

My Kind Of Town: The History of Chicago House

Retrospective and Interview by Frank Broughton, i-D, April 1995

IT’S 1981. Frankie Knuckles, a New York DJ relocated for the last four years in Chicago, is driving south through the outskirts of his adopted ...

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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