"I’ve always been a champion for the artists and the music, but it was never really about my journey. However, over the years, my story has entwined with Reggae as has my relationship with the culture and people of Jamaica. I was reluctant to publish an autobiography but I was frequently told by artists that I needed to ‘write it down’, not just for myself but for the music, to document the journey and the sounds we’ve come to love. So here I am at the sprightly age of 65 telling my story. I am proud to have been an ambassador for this great music over the past 40 years." - David Rodigan
The unlikely British ambassador for reggae, David Rodigan has penned an autobiography telling his unique story of how the DJ has championed reggae and Jamaican music for over 5 decades. From his boyhood origins in Oxfordshire, Rodigan has become a DJ for all generations, and a bridge joining the dancehalls of Kingston and Montego Bay with the UK. Venerated by teenagers and veteran reggae fans alike, a headline DJ on festival bills across the UK and Europe, Rodigan is also a presenter on BBC Radio 1Xtra and BBC Radio 2.
"David Rodigan is a force of nature. His spirit and passion are a rare and wonderful thing. He has dedicated his life to carrying the torch for reggae music and is hugely respected all over the world for his knowledge and talent as a broadcaster and a DJ. Long may he reign on our stages and on our airwaves." - Annie Mac
Watch our interview with David Rodigan, filmed in 2013 at Subculture Live where he headlined along with Lee 'Scratch' Perry.
Rodigan: My Life In Reggae is out now, published by Constable.