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Review: Mister Good Times by Norman Jay MBE

mister good times

I was lucky enough to be a warm up DJ for Norman Jay back in the 1990s in The Cross Nightclub, London and I think I was billed on a couple of other events with him. He was a great DJ, I remember him once, in Ministry of Sound, having a full glass of drink topple on the bar decks where he was spinning from the above balcony and Norman, lightning quick just kept the music rolling and not even a skip of the needle. The book is divided up into several unique sections. The first part covers Norman’s Good Times sound system at Notting Hill Carnival which is for what he has been most famous. The whole logistics of such an event is well detailed enough for the professional DJ to thoroughly enjoy and learn from and to any reader the whole politics and excitement and logistics of such a fun event must be enlightening. The book covers Norman’s childhood, whereby he was brought up in Ladbroke Grove, West London to Windrush Caribbean immigrant parents, both of whom seemed very hardworking and supportive and keen to give their family the best start to life. The book discusses a lot about how being a black DJ was defined during the early years of the deck revolution. For me, a highlight was Norman’s journey to New York, where he learnt the best of what would be culturally exported from the USA to British streets. Norman Jay’s love for Tottenham Hotspur football club is covered in detail and during the excitement of terraces and the emergence of the hooligan years it is great reading of times past and the fun and frolics of being a serious football fan. For me, as a Liverpool fan it was truly disturbing to read about racism at Anfield back in the 1970s. Growing up in the John Barnes era of Liverpool, for me I always felt that we were a progressive club when it came to racism which is still a fight in the beautiful game to this very day. I really wanted for the book to keep running once it hit the years of house music. The warehouse parties with Judge Jules thrown across London were particularly interesting, the funniest moment in the tale, when the Met Police tried robbing all the takings from the promoters and Judge Jules and Norman hid under raincoats, pretending…

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Wez G DJ CV

Rock & Fountain, Penhow Set Sail with Shuffle boat parties Miss Moneypennys London: Ministry of Sound, Velvet Underground, The Cross, London Zoo, Turnmills, Plastic People, the Gardening Club, Bar Lorca-Stoke Newington (drum n’bass), The Sound Republic, Legends, The Clinic, Thirteen, Skinny Dipp@UCL, Easy J’s, The Little House, Connaught Hall, Ormonds, Hooked boat parties, The Crystal Ship, Rare FM Radio Birmingham: Bonds, The Church, Raymondo’s Canal Bristol: Lakota, Silent Peach, The Powerhouse, Cast, The Level, Moles, The Vaultz, Walton Castle, Byzantium, Bar Latino, Club Loco, Blue Mountain, The Old Fire Station, Cafe Blue, Po Na Na Cardiff: The Emporium, Elements, Q bar, Slug & Lettuce, The Howardian, GloBar, Cuba Club, Owain Glendower, Sub 29, Journeys, Callaghans, Dep Cult in the Bay Festival, Nettie’s fancy dress shop, Soda Bar Newport: The Cotton Club, V3, Annabels, Bah Rumbah, The Bunker, Langtons, The Arcade, OTT, Baltica, Jesters, Duffryn Community Festival, Maindee Community Festival, the Gallery, Mustang Sally’s, Newport City Radio Chepstow: Muts Nuts@The White Lion, Mathern Village Hall, Jimmy Deans, New Inn-Pwyllmerric Caldicot: The Haywain, The White Hart, The Galleon, The Pill House, Jordan’s, Caldicot Football Club, Undy Football Club, Ye Olde Tippling Philosopher, Dewstow Golf Club, Rogiet Hotel, Broome’s horse shows, The Severn View Club Other UK: Chuff Chuff, Shrewsbury Alter Ego @ The Lost Weekend, Nottingham 1 Love @ The Brunel rooms, Swindon In a field in Chippenham, Wiltshire The Winchester Arms, Taunton Kings Arms Hotel, Salisbury King’s bar, Lydney Disco Lites, Cinderford International: Klubb Ra @ Nefertiti, Goteborg, Sweden Kafe Publik, Goteborg, Sweden Tikisoft, Tahiti, French Polynesia Ceramic, Wanganui, New Zealand Da Tempo Radio Station, Paris, France KryKey Radio, San Francisco, CA, USA JNCBEST Radio, Kabul Afghanistan Dr House Music, Holland Cloob.fm, San Francisco, USA ItaliaNetwork, Italy ScoutLounge, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Freedom Loving, Fearing Nothing

DJ Set 12 Freedom Loving, Fearing Nothing

Listen to Wez G – Freedom Loving, Fearing Nothing byWez G on hearthis.at    This mix of old and new rekindles the flames of freedom I discovered on the club dancefloors of the late nineties. Lakota, The Hippo Club, Leos, 1 Love @ The Brunel Rooms, The Cross, Miss Moneypennys, Ministry of Sound, Chuff Chuff and all Shuffle events were clubs and venues I used to frequent. The revolutionary crowds were truly inspiring and I made many good friends I still have today. This little soundbyte goes out to all of them. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Golden Boy With Miss Kittin – Rippin Kittin (Tobi Neumann’s Glove Tension Dub) [Illustrious] 2. Rob’n’Raz featuring Leila K – Got To Get (Extended Mix) [Arista] 3. New Order – Subculture [Warner Bros] 4. Nine Inch Nails – God Sent Angel [Piss Off 2] 5. Tom Chasteen – Freedom (Ibadansfere Mainline) [F-111 Records] 6. Gold Ryan & Tapesh – Open System [CR2 Records] 7. Ambassador – The Fade (Original Mix) [Platipus] 8. POB – The Essence (Granny Remix) [Seismic Records] 9. Lost Tribe – Gamesmaster [Hooj] 10. Future Of Vision – Talk To Me [White] 11. Sasha & Maria – Be As One [Deconstruction] 12. Slam – Positive Education (Original 12″ Mix) [Soma] 13. MD X-Spress – God Made Me Phunky (Original Mix) [Defected] 14. Fedde Le Grand – Get This Feeling (Club Mix) [CR2 Records] 15. Mount Rushmore – You Better [P&C Dance2 Recordings] 16. Sensei – Do What You Wanna (Andy Manston Remix) [Breathless Records] 17. Brothers In Rhythm – Such A Good Feeling [Fantazia] 18. Megatonk – Belgium (Nintendotone Mix) [Kai Tonk Records] Wez G – Freedom Loving, Fearing Nothing by Wezg on Mixcloud

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