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Mister Good Times

Norman Jay

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Autobiography: arts & entertainment

The autobiography of legendary DJ and musical pioneer, Norman Jay.

Mister Good Times is the enthralling story of a black kid growing up in a (largely white) working class world; of vivid, often violent experiences on the football terraces; of the emerging club scene growing out of a melting pot of styles, looks and influences; of how Jay, with his contemporaries, took the music of Black America, gave it a distinctly London twist, and used the marriage of styles to forge hugely successful career as a trailblazing DJ and broadcaster, becoming an inspiration to a whole generation of dance music fans, black and white, without ever compromising his integrity or credibility.

Along the way are tales of adventures up and down the country following Spurs; of Northern Soul nights, warehouse parties and illegal raves; of sound systems, the good and bad times of the Notting Hill carnival, the heady days of pirate radio, Rare Groove and the burgeoning British dance music scene; of how Jay became a central, formative figure within this colourful and vibrant milieu as it evolved from a tight-knit underground community to the global, hugely successful industry it is today.

With major themes of race, class, ambition, and glamorous success, set against the backdrop of a great social change, Mister Good Times is the story of a man who has lived his life on his own terms, helping to define a new British culture.

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Norman Jay

Norman Jay is unquestionably one of the most respected and popular DJs in the world today. Co-founder of the legendary Good Times Sound System and London dance music station KISS FM, Jay fostered the 'Rare Groove' scene pushing the boundaries of the UK's emerging club culture. Awarded an MBE for services to deejaying and music, he recently compiled his most eclectic compilation to date, 'Good Times Skank & Boogie'. He is currently taking his legendary Good Times parties to selected venues around the UK, continuing to convert generations of clubbers to the cause, championing new sounds, yet never forgetting his musical roots, thus guaranteeing nothing but 'Good Times'.

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