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Local DJ: A Rock 'n Roll History Paperback – April 16, 2002
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It took me a while to read this book because I had to read everything twice to make sure I was actually reading what I thought I had just read.
Let me explain.
So here is concert promoter Cavanaugh, years ago, faced with whether or not he should book an unknown Australian band to play in Flint. Peter Cavanaugh is a scary judge of talent. For there, that night, for the first time in America, a band called "AC/DC" took to the stage. The opening act? The MC-5. It doesn't get any more Rock N' Roll than that.
I was born too damn late.
Because with each turn of the page (I couldn't put the book down) bigger, badder, and bolder stories unfold from a magical time which will never be repeated.
Like the night he booked a louder, more raw version of the Beatles. Their name was a bit confusing but Cavanaugh took a chance on them. They were from England so they had to be good, right? Their drummer got drunk and drove a "borrowed" Cadillac right into the hotel pool. Such would be the adventures when you book "The Who" for their first US appearance.
And as you read the stories -- and they get better and better with each passing chapter -- you start to realize that Dick Clark was more like a DJ version of Pat Boone compared to Cavanaugh. American Bandstand?Read more ›
Peter is also a fun, fun, funny guy--a raconteur reminiscent of both gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson and Jean Shepherd, radio's greatest monologist. So even if you don't dig rock and roll, buy this book--if only for its frequent laugh-out-loud moments.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Peter Cavanaugh's autobiography, "Local D.J.," vibrates with the rockin' rhythms of radio's Golden Era. Read morePublished on May 30, 2012 by Donald Fulsom
Very hard to put down. If you appreciate rock & roll, you won't be disappointed. If you grew up in that era in Michigan and appreciate rock & roll, it's mandatory reading.Published on June 22, 2011 by Joe
Highly recommend this book for anyone that grew up listening to Peter C like I did and lived and breathed Michigan Rock N Roll ! Read morePublished on February 22, 2007 by Sandra L. Cordner
This book was a gift to me and after several pages, I dropped everything else and went cover to cover in a day! Peter C. Read morePublished on January 9, 2006 by Richard Baker
This book is the essential guide to the local rock scene in a time capsule. It is funny, rocking, edgy and rebellous the way rock should be!Published on May 3, 2004 by shawn