The DJ’s Job?

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I’m reading Andy Kershaw’s book No Off Switch, loaned by my buddy Denis

He (Kershaw that is, not Denis) writes about sharing an office with Peel and their producer John Walters (who played Pompey a few times with Alan Price Set)

Walters came back from a Radio One management meeting where people were grumbling about the stuff Peel and Kershaw were playing

To which Walters replied  “We’re not here to give the public what it wants. We’re here to give the public what it didn’t know it wanted”. 

It struck me that almost all the music I love fell into that category when I first heard it. I can’t immediately think of an exception since “The Good Ship Lollipop” around 1954.


Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

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  1. A fine writer indeed – I haven’t seen this book, will definitely buy it at Waterstones on Picadilly on Friday 23rd October. I’ll be there between 4 p m.-5.30 p.m as Ray Foulk is doing a talk with film, live music, recordings etc about his book on the 1969 Isle Of Wight Festival, ‘Stealing Dylan From Woodstock’. A good start to the day, as I’ll be at The Royal Albert Hall to see His Bobness that evening! (…and also on Weds 21st, Thurs 22nd, Sat 24th, and Sun 25th. – before i move on to Manchester to see Bob there on Tues 27th & Weds 28th., then Cardiff 29th and Southampton Guildhall Fri. 30th.) Obsessed? Moi? Nah…….

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