Welcome to the club: The life and lessons of a Black woman DJ , the first book from DJ Paulette, offering a remarkable view from the DJ booth and the music industry, from a Black woman’s perspective.
Part memoir, part call to arms, Welcome to the club is a celebratory exploration of the music industry and an attempt to do justice to the often-invisible women who keep its heart beating. In telling the candid story of a successful 30 year career as a DJ, this book also confronts the exclusion, misogyny, racism, and classism which still sadly characterise the dance music world and the broader industry. The aim of the book is to face these uncomfortable truths, stimulate discussion, put a legacy down for others to learn from them, and inspire a brighter and more inclusive future.
Tom Dark, senior commissioning editor, commented “I’m delighted to be publishing Paulette’s book. This is a real project of passion for her, and a chance to pass on her learnings to the next generation of powerful creative women.”
DJ Paulette said “I am thrilled to be writing my first book with Manchester University Press. I tell my story with authenticity and humour, gathering together a stellar array of the electronic music industry’s icons, gatekeepers and fierce future forces who have joined me in this fantastic voyage to put the wider, underlying issues into perspective. It’s an epic and inspirational journey that I am excited to share with the world.”
Welcome to the club will include contributions from household names such as Sonique, Smokin Jo, Norman Jay MBE, Gilles Peterson MBE, Dave Haslam, Jaguar and Jamz Supernova. The book will publish in 2023.
DJ Paulette is a highly regarded DJ across the UK and Europe, born and raised in (and still resident of) Manchester. Over a 30 year career, she has scaled the heights of dance music fame and hedonism. One of two women to have a residency at the Hacienda in its heyday, she went on to have residencies at Heaven and Ministry of Sound, before successful stints in Paris and Ibiza
Available in 2023 via Manchester University Press