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    Hey guys,

    Not interested about learning to DJ. Just interested to know if there are any interesting books about DJing or DJ culture that are a good read.

    Anyone know?

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    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Raving-89-Ga.../dp/095618961X

    Saw this at a friend's place and just quickly skimmed through it, but it seemed quite good. More pictures than stuff to read, but interesting nonetheless for someone who is way to young to have witnessed it first hand.
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    Dan Sicko, Techno Rebels is good: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Techno-Rebel.../dp/0814334385

    Last Night a DJ Saved my Life: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Night-D.../dp/0755313984

    The Record Players: DJ Revolutionaries is great: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Record-P.../dp/0956189636

    And check out the special issue of DanceCult devoted to DJ Culture: http://dj.dancecult.net/index.php/journal/issue/view/4 ... full disclosure; I'm one of the co-editors. Speaking of which, stay tuned for news from Continuum Press (which publishes a lot of books on music culture generally); I'm coediting a book that will likely be forthcoming from them in 2013.
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    I can honestly recommend any books on music theory. You'll use it more than you know in DJing, not just producing.

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    I'll second Last Night a DJ Saved my Life. Written by a guy I met in Mexico in 2000 at a week long retreat of DJ's put together by dubtribe sound system. Really nice book, although a bit dated now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirReal View Post
    I'll second Last Night a DJ Saved my Life. Written by a guy I met in Mexico in 2000 at a week long retreat of DJ's put together by dubtribe sound system. Really nice book, although a bit dated now.
    Ill third that. given it as a present at Christmas. it is a little dated, It was updated in 2006. Still think it's extremely relevant though from the perspective of how exhaustive it is on the history of DJ'ing.
    Who'd have thought that the late Jimmy Saville would be so relevant in the history of DJ'ing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirReal View Post
    I'll second Last Night a DJ Saved my Life. Written by a guy I met in Mexico in 2000 at a week long retreat of DJ's put together by dubtribe sound system. Really nice book, although a bit dated now.
    +2... There's an updated version out in October. Not sure of the differences.

    http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Last.../9780802146106

    I also read a great book on techno and rave called Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture.


    http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Gene.../9780415923736

    The articles and interviews on this site are worth a look:

    http://www.djhistory.com/

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    It's not necessarily a DJ book, but "The Dance Music Manual V2" - http://www.amazon.com/Dance-Music-Ma...anual+volume+2 provides a clean, easy-to-read look at the basics of music theory and how dance music blends together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilac View Post
    I can honestly recommend any books on music theory. You'll use it more than you know in DJing, not just producing.
    any that you would like to recommend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdjm View Post
    It's not necessarily a DJ book, but "The Dance Music Manual V2" - http://www.amazon.com/Dance-Music-Ma...anual+volume+2 provides a clean, easy-to-read look at the basics of music theory and how dance music blends together.
    ^^^ oh yeah this book is fantastic!

    Simon Reynolds Energy Flash is also good stuff too (same guy who wrote Generation Ecstasy), though I've only read a bit of it.
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