Red’s revival never ends
November 25th, 2016
Legendary Vancouver deejay Red Robinson and author Robin Brunet will be signing copies of the bestselling biography Red Robinson: The Last Deejay (Harbour Publishing, $29.95) on Saturday, December 3 at 1:30pm at Book Warehouse (632 West Broadway) in Vancouver.
Red Robinson: The Last Deejay details the life and career of Robinson, one of Canada’s most celebrated pioneers of rock and roll. Robinson began spinning hits while in high school in the early 1950s, laying the foundation for what would become a glamorous and ultimately fulfilling career that has made him a household name west of the Rockies.
Raised by a single mother, Robinson worked as a delivery boy to help support the family. From such humble beginnings, he developed a strong work ethic and unflappable moral core that enabled him to pursue a career that has endured. Readers will be delighted by behind-the-scenes stories from close encounters with visiting celebrities, like the time Robinson spent an hour with Elvis Presley in the BC Lions dressing room talking cars, women, movies and opera; hung out backstage in Portland with Johnny Cash; and nearly killed Roy Orbison and Bobby Goldsboro in a 1962 Grand Parisienne convertible while speeding to catch the Nanaimo ferry.
Robinson’s vast career highlights are remarkable, from introducing The Beatles to the stage, to interviewing the likes of Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers, to hosting numerous successful radio and TV shows over many decades. Red Robinson: The Last Deejay recalls the highs, hurdles and triumphs of a celebrated time in rock-and-roll history, presented by the man who dug into the guts, glory and glitz in a way that only a champion on the frontlines of music really can.
Robin Brunet was born in Montreal, Quebec, and attended Concordia University. He has worked throughout the country as a writer, editor and journalist for 32 years, and has written for numerous national business and commerce magazines. He currently lives in Langley.
Red Robinson is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and can still be heard on the air every Sunday on CISL Radio.
For more information about the event, phone Book Warehouse at (604) 872-5711.