Radio Entertainment Book Reviews From BookViral

"A highly informative and fascinating memoir..."

Radio Entertainment Book Reviews

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  • Publisher: ‎ Ron Brandon; 2nd edition (4 April 2023)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 322 pages
  • Genre: Radio Entertainment


The BookViral Review:

A highly informative and fascinating memoir of the DJ and music business, ‘Disk Jockeys, Preachers and Elvis’-written in the first person-maps the life and career of Ron Brandon, as he bounces between radio stations from way back in the 1950s during the heyday of Rock and Roll.

Complete with plenty of memorabilia, Brandon’s bucket list book will take you deep behind the scenes in an absorbing journey through the years as he grapples with life on the edges of stardom, along with the rapid rise and fall of radio stations and his own popularity.

Hooking us right from the start with an anecdote featuring the King of Rock and Roll himself, Brandon’s tongue-in-cheek humour and inventiveness make for an interesting tale, and even more so when a follow-up years later sees his precarious recording surface without permission. This mystery, along with that of the identity of the ‘Mystery Kisser’ provides a fascinating foray into the ‘Elvis periphery’, and an inside-out perspective of the star and his life.

Brandon’s anecdotes, however, do not stop there, with fly-on-the-wall inside insights from the fifties, sixties and seventies, complete with risqué scantily clad girls and the hectic show and nightclub scene.

Executing a frank no holds barred delivery, paired with exceptional attention to detail and memory, ‘Disk Jockeys, Preachers and Elvis’, takes its reader on a hectic ride from technically challenging to bizarre, with a faint glimpse every now and again of the personality behind the larger than life radio DJ and presenter himself.

An easy read with plenty of name-dropping (well, why not if you can?), Brandon offers us the flip side of the polished façade of show business that those on the outside never get a chance to see or experience.

A worthy undertaking, written with integrity and expertise.

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