English DJ and radio personality Richard Blade has lived a very interesting life. From his days growing up in Torquay, England, listening to pirate radio and traveling through Europe as a touring nightclub DJ to eventually landing a gig in Los Angeles in the early ’80s on the World Famous KROQ 106.7/FM, Blade, now 61, shares it all in his autobiography, “World in My Eyes.”
The book, which came out back in October, is told in two parts – the first half being more linear as he discusses his upbringing, the second half becoming a bit more like a memoir, told in briefer chunks, as he details his adventures after being hired at KROQ.
“So much happened in my life at that point that it would have been confusing for me as the author to write and hard for the reader to keep track,” he said during a recent phone interview. “I was on the radio in the morning, then running off to do a TV show and then I was off doing an interview and then I was shooting a movie and that was all in one day. It sounded ridiculous to me. So I realized the first half was perfect for more of an autobiography and there was a huge turning point right in the middle of the book, right when KROQ took off for me and right when my father died. It was by pure coincidence it literally almost is the exact middle of the book, page count-wise, as well.”
Blade will be signing his new book during a special DJ set at Totally 80’s Bar & Grille in Fullerton on Friday, Dec. 15, followed by signings at Barnes & Noble in Burbank on Sunday, Dec. 17 and he’ll be at Made by Millworks in Long Beach on Thursday, Dec. 21.