- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Ecco; 1st edition (August 28, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061845248
- ISBN-13: 978-0061845246
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Up All Night: My Life and Times in Rock Radio Hardcover – August 28, 2012
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The all-American chronicle of radio legend Carol Miller, from her rise to success in a male dominated world, to the rockstars she's know along the way, to, for the first time, the private story of her quietly waged battle with a deadly disease.
As one of the nation's top radio DJs, Carol Miller introduced the music of Bruce Springsteen to the New York airwaves, was on a first-name basis with Sir Paul McCartney, dated Steven Tyler, and has been recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her on-air approach and singular voice have influenced the sound of rock radio for more than four decades, and her satellite and syndicated Get the Led Out programs are heard nationwide.
In Up All Night, Carol spins the entertaining, moving, and revealing story of her life and times in rock radio and beyond. A nice Jewish girl from Queens, Carol was supposed to be a doctor or, at the very least, a lawyer. But hearing a doo-wop trio in the alley under her window changed the direction of her life forever: she fell in love with popular music.
As the tumult and excitement of the sixties rocked colleges across America, Carol—a biology major at the University of Pennsylvania—became an underground rock DJ at the campus radio station. Radio jobs in Philadelphia and New York City quickly followed, and Carol rose to the top of the profession. But even as she enjoyed a professional and personal life imbued with rock and roll glamour, Carol harbored guilt, disappointment, and alienation, believing she'd failed her traditional, intellectual Jewish parents and often feeling like an outsider in the very culture she had helped to create. The specter of an unnamed illness that had claimed many of her relatives' lives hung over hers as well, and she too would face a monumental challenge when diagnosed with breast and uterine cancer. Told in the distinctive voice that has charmed millions of listeners for decades, Up All Night is a frank, funny, and inspiring memoir. Offering snapshots of the rarefied world of pop music and the shifting social history of our times, it is as much a cultural chronicle as it is one woman's candid and moving story.
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As an insider's view of rock music, it doesn't offer anything new. Paul McCartney was a nice guy who really loved Linda, Springsteen stays close to his Jersey roots, Steve Tyler is childlike and crazy. Nothing new there. I wasn't looking for gossip and dirt, but I was hoping to see some personalities from a different perspective. It didn't happen.
Her discussion of her radio career was mostly about getting jobs, trying to keep them, getting fired after stations changed their format. I worked at W---, then they changed their format. I got fired, so I got a job at W---, etc. etc. I don't feel I know much more about the inner workings of radio after reading this book.
Ms. Miller grew up in a traditional New York, Jewish family. She sprinkles the book with lots of Yiddish words and talks about her culture. She had difficult relationships with her parents, especially with her father who was often verbally abusive. There could have been a book in that, but this angle is not fully explored. Ditto, her marriage to MTV VJ Mark Goodman. She takes some understandable potshots at him for his adultery, but mostly there is not a whole lot about the good times or the bad times of that marriage, and even less about her second marriage. I respect that people want to maintain their privacy, but in reading the book I wondered about the good times. I wondered how her fellow DJs felt about her being married to a VJ. It just seemed like more could have been said without getting too personal.
Another element of the book was her struggle with cancer that involved many surgeries and treatments. This could have been a whole book, but she doesn't go into it deeply, which was a wise choice. It wasn't meant to be a book centered on surviving cancer.
The one aspect of the book that I found most interesting was her thoughts on music. She had intriguing thoughts about music snobs who take themselves and their musical tastes too seriously. She suggests that there is nothing wrong with enjoying a silly, fun song. Unfortunately, these thoughts only take up a page or two. More thoughts on music would have improved the book.
I can't really recommend this book, except for readers who are fans of her radio work who want to know more about her.