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Out of the Stewpot Hardcover – 31 Mar 2005
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Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart is one of country's best loved DJs. In this intimate and very frank autobiography he reveals the truth about his extraordinary career that has taken him from blagging interviews with Nat King Cole for Hong Kong radio, to becoming one of the best-known voices in the country. As a DJ on the pioneering pirate radio station Radio London, he was instrumental in putting the swing into the Sixties along with legendary names such as John Peel, Kenny Everitt and recent 'King of the Jungle' Tony Blackburn. He went on to present one of the highest rating radio shows ever broadcast in the UK and he remains a much loved part of Radio 2's schedule. He also reveals how his remarkable love for his wife has found new life after her lover moved into their shared home! Packed with celebrity anecdotes, this is the ultimate behind-the-scenes portrait of life as the original superstar DJ.
About the Author
Ed Stewart began his broadcasting career with Hong Kong radio. After returning to England in 1965 he quickly became a household name on pirate radio station Radio London and from there went on to become one of Radio 1's biggest stars, netting over 16 million listeners for his show Junior Choice. He successfully made a crossover to TV presenting both Top of the Pops and Crackerjack. Today he continues to present his ever popular Sunday evening show on Radio 2.
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"I met my wife when she was 13, in 1970......"
"I arrived at 7pm and was greeted at the door by what I can only describe as a 13 year old apparition! She was simply stunning."
Ed was in his mid 30's at this point.
The book itself is badly written, narcissistic, boring, contains long rants against the BBC management who "let him go" and devotes nine pages to his single appearance on The Weakest Link.
It's awful, diabolical, second only to Don Estelle's autobiography. So for those of us that enjoy reading self important badly written claptrap from the faded stars of yesterday, this is a definite 5 star purchase! Especially since its considerably cheaper than the work of the aforementioned Mr Estelle.
This book tells of his early life and what I found interesting was his time being a disc jockey on the pirate ships in the sixties.
Ed went on to tell the reader about Radio 1 and about other DJ's during Radio 1's birth in 1967.
Crackerjack was also mentioned and I remembered Ed on that show.
If you like pop music and early TV this is the book for you.
A good read.