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Good Morning Nantwich: Adventures in Breakfast Radio [Kindle Edition]

Phill Jupitus
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Book Description

What possesses a right-minded comedian to quit the day job for life as a breakfast radio DJ?

The opening DJ on the Beeb’s new alternative radio channel, 6Music, Phill Jupitus was a maverick on the flat landscape of inane commercial breakfast radio. Disregarding the prescriptive chart-led schedule and showing no fear in the face of BBC management, this ex-performance poet’s personal crusade against the bland, the predictable and the smug self-satisfaction ensured that he never had any trouble practising what he preached.

Not one to pull punches, Phill recounts with acerbic wit, honesty and more affection than he would care to admit, his encounters with petulant band members, tedious showbusiness jargon, colossal salaries and four-letter firewalls.

Inviting world-weary media cynics and radio enthusiasts to sit back and revel in a heady dose of painful banter ensuing from the absent interview technique, The Clash, the perils of idols as on-air guests, Black Umfolosi and The Coasters, Nantwich remorselessly dissects the limply beating heart of breakfast radio and reconstructs it one playlist, anecdote and transcript at a time.

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About the Author

Phill Jupitus was born in 1962 and grew up above a pub in Essex with a free-spirited mother (who always remained close to the A13) and an extended noisy family. After realising work was not his strong suit, he carved out a career in stand up comedy and radio and today is a regular on TV and radio panel shows, including Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and QI with Stephen Fry. He's also team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and starred in the West End musical Hairspray. Phill lives in Leigh-on Sea with his wife and daughters.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 368 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007313853
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Entertainment (23 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X271QS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Phill Jupitus was born in 1962 and grew up above a pub in Essex with a free-spirited mother (who always remained close to the A13) and an extended noisy family. After realising work was not his strong suit, he carved out a career in stand up comedy and radio and today is a regular on TV and radio panel shows, including Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and QI with Stephen Fry. He's also team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and starred in the West End musical Hairspray. Phill lives in Leigh-on-Sea with his wife and daughters.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The joy of radio 3 Oct. 2010
I know that we are advised to not judge a book by its cover but surely I am not the only person that was put off from reading this book by the hideous illustration on its cover. The cartoon does the book no favours and because of it I would probably have never read it had there been anything more tempting on the shelves of my local library.

As it turns out, Phill Jupitus's book about his stint as a DJ on BBC digital radio station 6 Music is not a bad book at all. It is not a particularly outstanding book - we are told in one chapter that Jupitus's agent informs him that it was time he brought out a book and at times it feels like he has churned this out to fulfil this obligation - but it is certainly entertaining and is a decent enough read.

The book has its faults though. I got a bit irked by Jupitus's insistence on preaching about what makes good or bad radio when surely this is should be down to personal taste. Perhaps I could have agreed with his views a little more if his own programmes had been outstanding but each time I listened to them I thought they were overly self indulgent. He also includes transcripts from various radio shows and this doesn't really work, and as a result they come across as being just a convenient way to fill a few pages.

If you like Phill Jupitus through his TV (and radio) appearances you will almost certainly enjoy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Day the Music did a Splashdown? 24 Aug. 2010
This is a very touching and funny book full of insights into the tension between the more maverick and disorganised approach of the true (i.e. non-career) talent against the box-ticking administrative nightmare of an organised corporation. For this I give it 6 stars.

Do please note that Phill is extremely potty-mouthed here (a great surprise given his maidenauntworthy on-air chat) and, if you had forgotten just how "right-on" he is, a couple of self-indulgent excursions into religion and politics will remind you. So that's one star knocked off.

If you used to listen to, and enjoy, the show, you will probably be amazed at the Machiavellianism behind it. It is so depressing to think that there may well never be another show like Phill's again, even though 6Music has just been saved (the closure threat may, paradoxically, finally have brought the larger audience the BBC thought might "just turn up" without ever really having marketed the station).

I note that this Amazon copy is almost half the price of the exact same book on the high street - a compelling buying argument, surely!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice enough, but not what I expected. 26 Oct. 2010
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As quite a long-standing phan of TV's Mr Jupiter I snapped this up, trusting from print reviews and interviews (hello Word magazine podcast) that it was a brutally honest, warts and all story.

It's well-written and in the author's own "voice", so I'm presuming it's edited but not ghosted, and I enjoyed it. Like the two regular radio shows it mainly describes it's a bit narrow horizons and London-centric, but it will hit the spot for anyone who's a bit of a muso and was or would have wanted to be a member of the GLR or 6music beakfast shows audience.

The few biographical details were genuinely touching and interesting, and leave hope that a proper autobiography will eventually emerge. When he writes about his radio days, though, it was much less of an exposay than I expected. Advance hints about dark feelings towards latter-day 6Music management and policy aren't really expanded on, maybe because he still respects some members of senior BBC staff more than I'd imagined, or possibly he just isn't in a position to bite too hard on the hand that still feeds him.

The weakest points for me were a chapter-length critique of a local commercial radio breakfast show, and the last chapter, which I won't describe for fear of "spoiling". To be fair, I think I was put off the breakfast show section because it suggested that four hours drinking coffee with the radio on was a kind of endurance trial. Only to writers I charitably assume were misguidedly honouring an ill-advised publisher's gimmick. It's patronising, and becomes disappointingly holier-than-thou.

Otherwise, there's a certain amount of behind the scenes lid-lifting, which my other half found informative. I had one good belly-laugh. In the end, sadly, a bit .... meh. But I'm still looking forward to the next one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Comedy + Radio = ? 13 Feb. 2012
Phill Jupitus seems to have been a staple of comedy panel games for an awfully long time and his sheer knowledge of music never fails to impress so I thought I'd read about his foray into becoming a breakfast DJ. Agreed, it was very self-indulgent read at times and is packed full of Jupitus' forthright views about the current state of breakfast radio on commercial channels (despite his own admission that he does voiceovers for radio ads!) However, for somebody interested in the fine details of putting a radio show together it was invaluable and I also enjoyed his anecdotes about being a stand-up comedian. There's also a playlist at the end of each chapter - I've never heard of some of the artists and the tracks are pretty obscure so it would be a good place to start improving one's knowledge of music (well, Jupitus' taste anyway.) Since reading this tome I've given BBC Radio 6 Music another go and I'm afraid to say that I still find it too obscure for my tastes, although I enjoy the music of Phil Collins so I've clearly got a lot to learn in life.

I'm also not sure if the autobiographical bit at the beginning works in conjunction with the rest of the book? I mean I enjoy reading autobiographies and can get a bit worn down by the munitae of certain stars' early lives but this one kind of gave some family background and petered out. I suppose it's in response to his agent's request for him to pen a book but I've come away a little confused.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An easy and enjoyable read
I really enjoyed this and pretty much devoured it whole, Mr J is a good writer and I'd definitely like to see more from him about his chequered past.
Published on 17 Jun. 2013 by M. D. Bannister
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Morning Rantwich
There comes a time in every comedian's life when his or her agent convinces them it is time to release a biography. Read more
Published on 22 Aug. 2012 by Sam Tyler
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Much enjoyed this as a former listener to Phill's programme, and agree entirely with his views about commercial radio. recommended.
Published on 18 Jun. 2012 by Jono
2.0 out of 5 stars To much radio
I'm not sure what i expected from this book. I was a little dissapointed that the whole book is centered around phils radio career. which gets a little tedious after a while. Read more
Published on 4 April 2012 by chochouse
3.0 out of 5 stars A somewhat confused, rather bitter read
A confession: I wasn't a listener of Phill's show on the radio, and have never listened to 6 Music. I bought this book as I love reading about music and the media, and felt it... Read more
Published on 16 Jan. 2012 by Peter Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars Musical Memories
My discovery of music mirrors that of Mr Jupitus; an early 70s love of The Sweet followed by a musical awakening round at my mates, who had a job and money to spend on the latest... Read more
Published on 4 Dec. 2011 by JMH1963
3.0 out of 5 stars Hardly riveting
I can't stand Mr Jupitus on TV and bought this purely as a big 6Music listener keen to learn a little "behind the scenes". Read more
Published on 13 Jun. 2011 by Trev Go
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Phill on the Radio
I think I expected a lot of laugh out loud writing; instead I got a lot of very thoughtful discussion of what makes great radio, what makes great music and what makes a... Read more
Published on 11 Jun. 2011 by Kenny51
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Morning Nantwich
I'm not a fan of Phill Jupitus however i received the book as a present and whilst not expecting to love the book i did my best to approach it with an open mind. Read more
Published on 19 Mar. 2011 by Jim Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars It was just like you were in the room
I loved this book it was like Phill was in the room with me. Right blend of fact, humour and entertainment, even my Mum liked it (she would like her copy signed if you are ever in... Read more
Published on 9 Dec. 2010 by Yorkshire Sue
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