This September, Annie Nightingale CBE, will publish a memoir of her legendary career in the music business, beginning at BBC Radio One 50 years ago, to the Ground Zero moment of 70’s punk, thearrival of acid house and the Second Summer of Love in late 80s, and including bang-up-to-date interviews with Little Simz and Billie Eilish. Annie was Britain’s first female DJ on the BBC, presenter ofThe Old Grey Whistle Test throughout the 70s and 80s and is the Guinness World Record holder for the longest running radio show on BBC Radio One.
Hey Hi Hello includes faithfully reproduced and never before seen encounters with Bob Marley, Marc Bolan, Dusty Springfield and The Beatles, and will be published to coincide with 50th anniversary celebrations at the BBC to mark her extraordinary career.
Lee Brackstone, Publisher and Founder of White Rabbit, said: ‘Funny, warm and candid to a fault,Annie Nightingale’s is driven by her energy of discovery and passion for music. This incredible book is a portrait of an artist without whom the past fifty years of British culture would have looked very different indeed. Always in tune with the nation’s taste, yet effortlessly one step ahead for more thanfive decades, in this book Annie digs deep into her crate of memories, experiences and encounters to deliver an account of a life lived on the frontiers of pop cultural innovation. I am proud to be publishing such a pioneer for both broadcasting and women in the arts on the White Rabbit list, her insights and unique experience make this a must-have read for music-lovers everywhere.’
Annie Nightingale CBE, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to be published by Lee Brackstone, the most recognised and revered figure in British publishing in the arts. This has been brought about through the tireless dedication of Gordon Wise at Curtis Brown. It’s also an honour to be among the first raft of authors in Lee’s new imprint White Rabbit for Orion Books. To be celebrating my unique fifty years in broadcasting at BBC Radio One with this memoir is quite a moment. I've become very used to self-isolation in time to finish it on deadline!’