In this work, Dave Haslam travels Britain to meet clubbers and promoters: he hangs out with Sasha in Glasgow, Fatboy Slim in Nottingham, Paul van Dyk in Cardiff, Norman Jay at the Southport Soul Weekender, and Lottie in Newcastle. He meets influential DJs like Pete Tong, pioneers including Jimmy Saville, younger DJs, and unknowns. He interviews mod DJs from the 60s, Northern Soul DJs from the 70s and rare groove DJs from the 80s. He follows aspiring turntablists in the DMC mixing championship, from the heats in Birmingham to the world final. Among the exclusive stories and tall tales, we hear about the millionaire DJ who went to a friend's wedding dressed as a bee, the Radio One DJ who emptied a dancefloor in Ibiza, and the DJ who set a girl's hair on fire. A sweeping history of the rise of the DJ industry - from the amateur DJ in the local village hall, through the pioneering DJ's of the 60s and 70s, to the superclub DJ's of the late 1990s.
Dave Haslam DJ-ed at the Hacienda through the 'Madchester' years and has since DJ-ed regularly at clubs like Home and 'Cream', and round the world, including Ibiza, Chicago, Paris, Berlin, Zurich and Detroit. He has played gigs with dozens of bands, including the Stone Roses and New Order. Among his current residencies are 'Golden' and 'Tonto Bongo' (Manchester), and 'Strictly Handbag' (Dublin). He has written for NME, the FACE and the OBSERVER.