A Chronological History Of The Disc Jockey 1887-1988

The artist, Misfit, sought to create a visual representation chronicling the evolution of the Disc Jockey, from Thomas Edison inventing the Phonograph in 1887, right up to the key protagonists in the Second Summer of Love in 1988…the moment when the touch paper of modern Club culture was lit.

With a love of music, history and generally connecting the dots the artist was influenced by the book ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’ (by Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton),  various blogs, websites and endless forum debates (and arguments) on the origins of the DJ. Art Misfit has sought to represent some of the key information chronologically and graphically in the form of a Periodic Table.

The journey across the table takes in the key pioneering DJs, Clubs, Jamaican selectors, Northern Soul champions, Disco originals and groundbreakers, Tech/Equipment, Hip Hop forerunners and innovators, Balearic influencers, House pioneers, Techno innovators and various chancers.



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