About DJhistory

For over a decade DJhistory.com has been a shining beacon of love, peace and obscure Italo disco. At its heart is the FORUM, a lively thatched cottage where clued-up DJs, record collectors and unshaven misanthropes gather to chat. Their passion and knowledge make DJhistory the world's most expert community on the subject of collectible dance music. Over the years, we've added a library of FEATURES and DJ INTERVIEWS, mostly taken from the archives of Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton, the site's founders, and authors of the classic Last Night A DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey. You'll also find reviews of hundreds of BOOKS and DVDs which track and trace the history of dance music. Each month we commission a MYSTERY MIX from a disc jockey of note. We also started a world vinyl map to help with your DIGGING.



Bill and Frank

DJhistory.com is based on an original delusion by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. Despite growing up in Lincolnshire only several cornfields apart, Bill and Frank met on the corner of Bond and Broadway in New York in 1994. Within a week they'd decided to write a book together on New York disco, having spent several nights trading club stories collected from Sound Factory veterans, Roxy drag queens, and a couple of ancient gay truckers from Jersey. Thanks to guidance from Doug Young at Headline, this idea greatly expanded its horizons and became 1999's Last Night A DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey, the first book to trace the entire history of DJing.


In the wake of their magnum opus, Bill and Frank's partnership led to further books, including best-selling DJ manual How To DJ (Properly), and their recent epic The Record Players: DJ Revolutionaries. They are also behind a long-running series of professional house parties known as Low Life, plus of course this website. As well as their long-toothed experience as music journalists and magazine editors, both are DJs; Bill is also an experienced producer, remixer, chef, and catalogue consultant, and Frank is occasionally a senior creative in the world of advertising.



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Get in touch


We're always adding classic articles to our archive, covering dance music in its broadest sense, especially pieces that capture a particular time or scene, so get in touch. As well as the site we license articles for various print projects.


Authors and publishers

If your book would fit our reviews section, send us a copy

If it's already in there, we'd love permission to publish an extract.



We're going to launch a DJhistory online gallery. Get in touch if you'd like to display your photos and sell prints through us.



We reach 120,000 music-nuts every month. To advertise email frank@djhistory.com


Other stuff

As well as everything we do on the site we always have other related projects up our sleeve, including books, sleevenotes and catalogue consultancy. If you're interested in any aspect of what we do, please contact us.



Site credits

DJhistory supremos   Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton

Editorial  Mark Treadwell, Ben Ferguson

Art stars   Jamie Paton, Leo Elstob, Dave Barlow

Technical genius   Ben Mottershead at Gumpo


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