If you've been to a music festival or a club in the past two decades, there's a good chance you've heard the joyful DJing of Norman Jay, whose contributions to dance in Britain are among the most significant by anyone alive today. His memoir is full of the heart and spirit he brings to his music, but it also offers a salutary account of growing up as part of the Windrush generation in London's Notting Hill, the violence and racism he faced, and his success. This book, to use his phrase, has its own "rare groove"
Norman Jay MBE has lived a life fuller than most can imagine, having witnessed practically every pivotal moment in UK black culture over the past half century . . . Mister Good Times [is] the story of his life that also doubles up as a first-hand account of the growth of black music culture in the UK, thanks to the fact that it was Jay who was largely responsible for spearheading said growth. He is the pioneer, the author of the musical blueprint that black people in the industry will follow for years to come
Norman's contribution to club culture is immeasurable; his passion for music knows no bounds and it was as a result of his groundbreaking warehouse parties that people from all walks of life came together to enjoy the 'rare grooves' that he had spent his entire life collecting. He brought new life to undiscovered classics and in doing so turned on a whole new generation