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Good Morning Nantwich: Adventures in Breakfast Radio by [Jupitus, Phill]
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‘No one knows or cares more about radio or can write about it with such wit, love and grace’ Stephen Fry

'Very funny' Lauren Laverne, Grazia

'As interesting as it is timely … what shines through is his affection for a medium he flourished in' Shortlist

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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #378,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Bantam Dave TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
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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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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An interesting read, but I reckon that it would be improved by being 100 to 150 pages shorter - for example a whole chapter on why he doesn't like commercial breakfast radio got pretty tedious. There were also parts where the rants became repetitive. I was hoping for more laughs. What I was really impressed by, and will be checking out, were the play lists at the end of each chapter. I'll be checking out the music to see which ones I want to buy to expand my cd collection.
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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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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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