2010-2020 – 10 Years Blogging

Given all the chaos and uncertainty of the times we’re currently living through, like many people I’ve been mulling over the future and what kind of world lies ahead of us, considering what’s really important and should take priority.

As I’ve previously said, I’ve pretty much written off DJ work this year, although I remain hopeful that socially distanced events will perhaps be sanctioned in a few months, bridging the gap to when it’s safe to properly open up the clubs again. That said, it’s not going to be for another 12 months, until Glastonbury heralds the resumption of the UK’s summer festivals, before there’s any type of normality restored for my profession.

Pondering how to best use my time between now and then I’ve reached a decision that involves suspending the blog, as, with regards to my writing, all my time and attention will be needed in order to finish an important task that’s long been in abeyance – the book I propose to write about the black music scene in the early-‘80s, and its crucial influence on the course of UK dance culture.

This has been sitting on the backburner since 2003, just before I started to DJ once again after a two-decade hiatus.  I managed to get it drafted out at the time, but I was well aware that to comb through, adding the further information and detail necessary to bring it to completion, was going to be extremely time-consuming. As my revived DJ career began to snowball the opportunity for me to put aside the time to finish the book diminished, and although I’ve been able to pilfer from the draft for various pieces I’ve subsequently written, the possibility of actually getting back to the book and concluding what I started has been unrealistic.

One of the questions I’m most asked is ‘when are you writing a book?’, and my answer is always ‘I’ll get around to it one day’, so its time to finally call it and set my intention – the plan being to get it all rounded off by this time next year, in readiness to publish in 2022, 40 years on from the key year of 1982, when the new Electro direction out of New York first surfaced, bringing seismic consequences for dance culture. I figure that if I don’t set myself this deadline I might never get around to factoring it in – the enforced restrictions at present providing the opportunity for me to resolve this.

The publication of Norman Jay’s 2019 book ‘Mister Good Times’, brought this sharply into focus for me. In reviewing it I remarked on how important it was that black culture in the UK is documented – there’s precious little in print from the black perspective, in contrast to the predominantly white working class movement of Northern Soul, where there’s a whole library of books to refer to. As a white DJ who found his place back then with a largely black audience, I may not have grown up as part of that community, but in experiencing what I did during those years of the early-‘80s, I learnt a lot about the people and their lifeblood passion for music and dancing, and it’s this that I wish to highlight and celebrate.

Something has to give though. I started the blog back in June 2010, and throughout the past 10 years its been a constant point of connection, allowing me to share my thoughts on various aspects of popular culture and my ongoing role as a DJ. There’s 10 years-worth of content now, which will remain accessible, documenting the final decade before the next phase, whatever that it, for 2020 is undoubtedly a year of turbulence and change, fuelled by confusion, outrage and anger – the point where we all realise that this 21st century is very different to the last one and, for better or for worse, there’s no turning back.

I may resume the blog at some point, and will no doubt write the odd piece for publication elsewhere, but, for now, I need to place my attention elsewhere. I’ll still be posting on my FB page, so if I feel the need to comment on anything I’ll do so there.

Thanks to everyone who has supported the blog during these past 10 years, helping make it such a success. When I started it I had no idea that it’d become such an important aspect of what I do, but it’s now time to look at things from a fresh perspective and set myself this new objective, which can only be achieved by the completion and publication of a book which I hope will enhance understanding and appreciation of a seminal period of our club history.

21 Responses to 2010-2020 – 10 Years Blogging

  1. Andrew June 30, 2020 at 4:45 pm #

    Can’t wait to read the book. I’m sure it will be “crucial” !

    Will all your websites remain online (Electro Funk roots etc)?

    All the best Greg.

  2. greg wilson June 30, 2020 at 5:09 pm #

    Yeah, all will stay online.

  3. Andrew June 30, 2020 at 5:19 pm #

    Thank you sir. Happy writing!

  4. Appo June 30, 2020 at 6:05 pm #

    keep on keeping on Greg, our best wishes and see you on the other side.

  5. James Hyman June 30, 2020 at 7:26 pm #

    Best wishes Greg, the blog is a serious piece of invaluable research and like many, look forward to the book.

  6. Colin McTaggart June 30, 2020 at 8:05 pm #

    Glad the book is not far away. Look forward to it. Cheers

  7. Lee June 30, 2020 at 8:06 pm #

    All the best, and looking forward to the book, always loved your writing’s on your web site and blog ✌️❤️

  8. Christine Quarless June 30, 2020 at 9:02 pm #

    Love that youre finally doing the book! Cant wait. Big love to you all G

  9. Sarah June 30, 2020 at 9:40 pm #

    Smashing!! You have to follow your calling. Can’t wait. Cheers Sarah

  10. Mark Cathcart June 30, 2020 at 10:06 pm #

    Starting in the 80’s is a good idea, it means you don’t have to rehash much of what’s already been written about the windrush generation and their impact and the 60’s reggae/skinheads/Ska evolution, and the much rehearsed jazz funk of the 70’s, the disco demise etc.

    Great stuff. Looking forward to it. You know you are always welcome back here when it’s safe to travel again.

  11. Matthew Davies June 30, 2020 at 10:26 pm #

    You write really well Greg and love that you connect this way. Be shame about the blog but will be worth it for the book! All the best

  12. Derek Kaye July 1, 2020 at 3:04 am #

    Hoorah! … About time that book is going to get done. I’m pretty sure the lack of the blog for a while will be made worthwhile by the undoubtedly truthful, concise and factual account of the periods covered. Bring on the book and remove the myths!

  13. Chris Hayes July 1, 2020 at 4:03 am #

    No one is more qualified than you to write that book. Can’t wait to read it. All the best.

  14. Pete Le Freq July 1, 2020 at 6:48 pm #

    Can’t wait to read it. Still hope to get one of my edits in your list at some point

  15. Jonny Lynch July 4, 2020 at 10:28 am #

    Sad as I am that your putting the blog to one side for the time-being I’m delighted you are writing a book I look forward to reading it and hopefully maybe even a book tour / talk accompanied by seeing you back DJing. Good luck with the book

  16. Loulou July 5, 2020 at 8:23 pm #

    Good to hear you’re getting the book done. What’s the reward for work again? 😉
    Looking forward to it.

  17. Steve July 7, 2020 at 12:46 am #

    All the best with the book – you’ll nail it based on what I have read here. Here’s hoping for brighter days ahead!

  18. Paul July 7, 2020 at 4:33 am #

    Always enjoy your posts here Greg. Look forward to reading the book and catching a set of yours again.

  19. Liam Pitcher July 22, 2020 at 1:34 pm #

    Dear Greg

    Thanks for this.

    We’re facing similar concerns here in Cape Town, SA.

    Right now the events industry is completely shut down – and although we’re receiving booking inquiries for 2021, they are up in the air at this point.

    Hopefully once the events industry reopens, things will pick up quickly, but this is an excellent opportunity to get ahead of the competition.

    Stay strong and keep moving forward.
    All the best
    The DJ Company

  20. Rob Cox August 14, 2020 at 7:27 pm #

    Good luck with the book Greg. Will be a good read I’m sure. Keep safe all

  21. Ryan Engelbrecht April 23, 2021 at 9:55 am #

    Dear Greg

    Thanks for this.

    Right now the events industry is completely shut down – and although we’re receiving booking inquiries for 2021, they are up in the air at this point.

    Hopefully once the events industry reopens, things will pick up quickly, but this is an excellent opportunity to get ahead of the competition.

    Stay strong and keep moving forward.
    All the best

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