Tuesday, May 01, 2012
BOOK WEEK: The Deejays
Billboard magazine raved over the book. Reviewer Claude Hall wrote: "The book is must reading for everyone in radio. Record Promotion men and those men who've been closely associated with radio over the years will find the book fascinating too." Passman has been quoted in probably hundreds of other music industry books. He even appears in the Encyclopedia Brittanica.
What's most interesting is that the author, Arnold Passman, isn't even a radio man. He was a staff writer for playboy and Scanlaris magazine. He's also been a freelance writer and a publicist. I wish I knew more about him, but from the text I'd assume he was a rock fan. The book has been lightly criticized for ignoring country radio and soul, to focus on rock n roll but for a book covering multiple decades I think it's as comprehensive as can be expected. The Deejays has come back into print this year in a digital edition with a new afterward by Passman.