Hey Hi Hello

  • Author Annie Nightingale
  • Narrator Annie Nightingale
  • Publisher Orion
  • Run Time 13 hours and 29 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Popular culture.

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What to expect


‘A joy to read’ Guardian
‘I loved this book’ Irvine Welsh
‘What a story! I adored it’ Lauren Laverne

As a DJ and broadcaster on radio, tv and the live music scene, Annie has been an invigorating and necessarily disruptive force. She walked in the door at Radio One in 1970 as its first female broadcaster. Fifty years later she continues to be a DJ and tastemaker who commands the respect of artists, listeners and peers across the world.

Hey Hi Hello tells the story of those early days at Radio One, the Ground Zero moment of punk and the arrival of acid house and the Second Summer of Love in the late 80s. Funny, warm and candid to a fault, including encounters with Bob Marley, Marc Bolan, The Beatles and interviews with Little Simz and Billie Eilish, this is a portrait of an artist without whom the past fifty years of British culture would have looked very different indeed.

Critics Review

  • I loved this book. Annie Nightingale is my heroine. The woman is a legend

    Irvine Welsh
  • Absolutely terrific. A memoir, an overview of the pop and rock eras, and a great deal of wisdom and insight

    David Quantick, writer, Veep and The Thick of It
  • Annie was important to me back when I was a teenager, when not only was she one of the few people playing records I liked, she was a WOMAN doing it, which was inspirational to me. I wrote about her in my book Another Planet, where I quote a diary entry from 1978 which listed things I was loving in between watching Bowie on tv and taping a Bruce Springsteen album, the entry simply says, ‘Listened to Annie Nightingale’

    Tracey Thorn
  • It wasn’t until I heard Annie Nightingale on Sunday evenings after the chart rundown that I understood what music radio could be. Nightingale had a broader music taste than, say, John Peel, but was alternative enough to introduce me to songs I never would otherwise have heard. She’s still on Radio 1 now, at the very Nightingale time of 2am. She still plays tracks I hate, tracks I love. She’s still the best

  • Many of her stories are entertaining […] and the book includes short, funny, informative interviews with leading lights of the day.

    Sunday Express
  • Full of brilliant anecdotes, this autobiography offers a rare insight into a woman who has lived at the forefront of pop culture.

    The Sun

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