As the 70's rolled into the 80's, the British black music 'movement' got even larger. Yet still the outlets were still severely limited even though the audience had increased tenfold, embracing people of all colours who were all feeling the groove. It is against this backdrop that a brand new, impressive book called 'Masters Of The Airwaves: The Rise & Rise Of Underground Radio' is based. Written by two veteran dj's and broadcasters, Dave VJ and Lindsay Wesker. Both men have had long extensive careers in the music business and have put that superior knowledge to good use in putting together what I can only imagine is a labour of love.
I have explained in one or two sentences the overall view, but Dave and Lindsay go all the way in minute detail explaining the full and frank story and they bring numerous music biz heavyweights to give their personal opinions on what actually occured during those times and it's aftermath today. In fact it reads like a who's who lending their talents, including the aforementioned Greg Edwards and Robbie Vincent, along with Trevor Nelson, Jazzie B, Norman Jay, David Rodigan, Gordon Mac, Omar, Caron Wheeler, Angie Greaves, Paul 'Trouble' Anderson, Barrie K. Sharpe, Judge Jules, Mike Shaft and many others. Dave and Lindsay are so committed to this project they have undertaken the task of travelling around the country spreading the word about 'The Masters Of The Airwaves: The Rise & Rise Of Underground Radio'. On a personal note, I should add that even though I lived and worked (albeit djing in the clubs) throughout this whole period and personally knew many of the contributors, I found the book to be enlightening, informative and an excellent historical look back for future generations. Well done guys!
'Masters Of The Airwaves: The Rise & Rise Of Underground Radio' is now on sale. The Price is £30.
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Also there is a 10 minute video featuring some of the contributors talking about the book: