The Life & Lines of BRANDON BLOCK
Author - Matt Trollope
Publisher - Block & Troll Ltd
Year - 2012
Pages - 349
The Biography of the Legend that is 'Brandon Block' Proving all the stories you may have heard are definitely true, but never diluted. Charting the incepton of a DJ at the beginning of house music, through to the modern day, with all the twists & turns, extreme highs, and darkest lows of being a DJ in the house music/dance era.
Brandon fell into the role of DJ, using a pair of Technics 1210's and an accidental rise in bookings from the local pub to largest clubs in the world. The natural progression of taking drugs for social pleasure via peer pressure to the demise of only functioning after the 1st hit of the day. This is a factual account of Brandon's life, and could have been any person who was growing up in the late 80's through to the present day.
Whilst reading the book, it is so compelling and drawing that one could easily think, 'That could have been me' or 'that could have been.....' Everyone knows someone who has travelled a similar journey with drugs, as it highlights just how easy it is to succumb to fitting in.
Brandon Block is brutally honest and it is quite hilarious at times, with the remembered accounts from his hazy days. It is a lucid & simple account of the dance scene & the DJ lifestyle. From a humble, anti drug beginning, through drug hazed debauchery, to the light at the end of the tunnel, this is a heartening read, especially knowing Brandon has reached the light at the end of the tunnel and continues to grow as a DJ.
A not to be missed read that keeps you interested from start to finish and glad he has stayed the same even after beating his demons.
Reviews by Julie Garry