Author Daryl Easlea’s musical knowledge has been learnt over a lifetime: from working in record shops across Essex as a young teen, to being a staffer at Record Collector magazine and then moving on to become the head of Motown catalogue in the UK at Universal.
DJ, compere, and consultant to record companies, his books explore his favourite loves; great pop eccentrics, populist African-American music and prog rock (he has written biographies of Chic, Sparks, Peter Gabriel and has just finished writing about Michael Jackson). His writing can be found in Mojo, Record Collector, Prog, Bass Guitar, bbc.co.uk and many more. He also compiles and annotates CDs and lectures/gives talks to University students and business groups.
Aside from regular BBC Essex appearances, his radio broadcasting can be heard on www.sfob.co.uk; he has DJ’ed at festivals such as Village Green, V and the Big Chill, and at locations as varied as the Tate Modern Turbine Hall and the croisette at Cannes. He can also be seen in the BBC4 documentaries Tubular Bells: The Mike Oldfield Story and Nile Rodgers: The Hitmaker.
"AT THE DISCOTHEQUE" at Sound of the Thames Delta - An evocation of the mainstream Essex nightclub from the 60s to the present day. Film, music, photos and the recollections of those that were there. DJ and percussionist Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove and Southend nightclub legend Dick de Vigne talk with DJ and author of Everybody Dance: CHIC and The Politics Of Disco, Daryl Easlea.