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Mister Good Times - Norman Jay - Kindle

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Mister Good Times - Norman Jay - Kindle

A Sunday read type highlight of the Kindle preview of Mister Good Times - Norman Jay 

Paperback version has been recently published, also available in an earlier hardback version and also via Kindle at £3.9. Details and Kindle preview below.

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'Norman Jay's contribution to club culture is immeasurable . . . He brought new life to undiscovered classics and in doing so turned on a whole new generation' David Rodigan

'Full of the heart and spirit Norman Jay brings to his music, but it also offers a salutary account of growing up as part of the Windrush generation in London's Notting Hill, the violence and racism he faced, and his success' Observer

Mister Good Times is the enthralling story of a black kid growing up in a (largely white) working class world; of vivid, often violent experiences on the football terraces; of the emerging club scene growing out of a melting pot of styles; of how Jay, with his contemporaries, took the music of Black America, gave it a distinctly London twist, and used the marriage of styles to forge a hugely successful career as a trailblazing DJ and broadcaster, becoming an inspiration to a whole generation of dance music fans, black and white, without ever compromising his integrity.

Along the way are tales of adventures across the country following Spurs; of Northern Soul nights, warehouse parties and illegal raves; of sound systems, the good and bad times of the Notting Hill carnival, the heady days of pirate radio, Rare Groove and the burgeoning British dance music scene.

Mister Good Times is the story of a man who has lived his life on his own terms, helping to define a new British culture.


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Was bought the hardback last year. Good read including tales of travelling from London to the the Casino and Mecca. Recommended. 

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Same as Keamus - read the hardback. I found the Spurs away at Liverpool and trips to NY most compelling, but it was interesting to see a black Londoner's viewpoint of the Home Counties late 7ts/8ts soul/JF scene. I always thought it was inclusive, Norman's experience suggests very much not.

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I enjoyed the hardback. The stories about trips to NY and the records brought back (and subsequently "discovered" by others :rofl:) are amusing. Was pleased to see a nice word for Mark Roman, the original Crackers dj who sadly passed away in June this year. Unlike many other clubs at the time there was not a racist door policy there, while the playlist did much to attract a lot of regulars. Add to that all the stories about the various clubs and venues visited and you've got a very informed perspective on a large cross section of the UK soul scene at a crucial time in its development. Recommended.

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Thanks for the heads up. Just downloaded to Kindle and was looking for some new inspiration. 

One of the best books I read (a good few years ago) but in a similar vein was 'Last night a DJ saved my life'. Really interesting and well researched book about the history of the DJ, Inc a chapter on Northern Soul iirc. 

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