Up All Night: My Life and Times in Rock Radio

. 2012. 272p. 978-0-06184-524-6. 26.99.
Radio personality (and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee) Miller talks about her life in radio in New York City from the 1970s to the present. One of the few Jewish women in the rock industry during this time, Miller brings a unique perspective to the scene. In a friendly and thoroughly casual tone, she recounts how, after she finished law school, she took a chance on an unstable career as a radio DJ. The memoir reads like a Who’s Who of 1970s rock as Miller meets Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Tyler, Paul Stanley of KISS, and countless others. The author writes as if in a diary: she has no problem sharing the details (including names) of a few ardent nights in hotel rooms. Her candor shines as she discusses her struggle with breast cancer.
VERDICT The incessant name-dropping becomes tiresome as the thin veneer of Miller’s modesty wears off, and many chapters end with crude foreshadowing of future events. Nevertheless, this is an essential title for any reader who grew up listening to Miller’s distinctive voice or who simply had a passion for rock music. [See Prepub Alert, 3/5/12.]

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