Up All Night

Up All Night : My Life and Times in Rock Radio

3.53 (132 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 11 business days
When will my order arrive?


Growing up in a traditional, intellectual ethnic Jewish household in Queens, New York, Carol Miller was supposed to be a doctor or, at the very least, a lawyer. But hearing a doo-wop trio in the alley under her window changed the direction of her life: she fell in love with popular music. During the late 60s, as the rock explosion and rebellion hit American colleges, including the University of Pennsylvania where she was a biology student, Carol joined the underground airwaves of progressive rock radio. Carol pursued radio with the dogged intensity and ambition that made her an exceptional student. But mysterious symptoms that she developed as a young woman seemed to grow more intense and painful by the year. She and her family were haunted by an unnamed and never discussed illness that claimed most of her relatives long before old age. Carol knew that she might be as cursed as her elders and it drove her to make the most of what she always feared might be a short life. She landed increasingly high profile jobs in Philadelphia and New York, eventually rising to the top to work alongside Scott Muni, Cousin Brucie, and other legendary personalities she admired growing up.
As one of the nation's top DJs, Carol introduced the music of Bruce Springsteen to New York radio, was on a first name basis with Sir Paul McCartney, shared vitamins with Lily Tomlin, and dated Steven Tyler. She changed the business itself, creating an on-air approach that has been imitated and adapted by stations nationwide. In "Up All Night", Carol spins the entertaining, moving, and revealing story of her life and times. A star-studded roster of rock and roll royalty, "Up All Night" is also a collection of snapshots of the ever-changing panorama of pop culture: from the arrival of television to JFK and The Beatles, the March on Washington, the death of John Lennon, 9/11, and beyond. Carol has either been there, next door, or on the air. But hers is also a tale of guilt, disappointment, and alienation, of a brilliant, charismatic pioneer who believed she'd failed her Jewish parents, of a trendsetter who felt outside the mainstream culture she helped shape. And it is the story of the biggest challenge she has faced, her ongoing battle to beat the breast and uterine cancer that ultimately came to claim her at a young age, as it had all the women before her in her family.
Told in her inimitable voice and filled with sixteen pages of photos from her private collection, "Up All Night" is a uniquely American story that will resonate with readers and make them laugh, break their hearts, and leave them wanting more.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 149.86 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 544.31g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Ecco Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 16-Page Color Photo Insert
  • 0061845248
  • 9780061845246
  • 1,518,838

Review quote

"Radio legend Carol Miller...the sultry-voiced and still-fabulous airwaves icon...is a beloved veteran of...classic rock." -- New York Post "[Miller's] voice drew a generation of teenage boys to their radios." -- New York Times
show more

Back cover copy

The all-American chronicle of radio legend Carol Miller, from her rise to success in a male dominated world, to the rockstars she's know along the way, to, for the first time, the private story of her quietly waged battle with a deadly disease.

As one of the nation's top radio DJs, Carol Miller introduced the music of Bruce Springsteen to the New York airwaves, was on a first-name basis with Sir Paul McCartney, dated Steven Tyler, and has been recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her on-air approach and singular voice have influenced the sound of rock radio for more than four decades, and her satellite and syndicated Get the Led Out programs are heard nationwide.

In Up All Night, Carol spins the entertaining, moving, and revealing story of her life and times in rock radio and beyond. A nice Jewish girl from Queens, Carol was supposed to be a doctor or, at the very least, a lawyer. But hearing a doo-wop trio in the alley under her window changed the direction of her life forever: she fell in love with popular music.

As the tumult and excitement of the sixties rocked colleges across America, Carol--a biology major at the University of Pennsylvania--became an underground rock DJ at the campus radio station. Radio jobs in Philadelphia and New York City quickly followed, and Carol rose to the top of the profession. But even as she enjoyed a professional and personal life imbued with rock and roll glamour, Carol harbored guilt, disappointment, and alienation, believing she'd failed her traditional, intellectual Jewish parents and often feeling like an outsider in the very culture she had helped to create. The specter of an unnamed illness that had claimed many of her relatives' lives hung over hers as well, and she too would face a monumental challenge when diagnosed with breast and uterine cancer. Told in the distinctive voice that has charmed millions of listeners for decades, Up All Night is a frank, funny, and inspiring memoir. Offering snapshots of the rarefied world of pop music and the shifting social history of our times, it is as much a cultural chronicle as it is one woman's candid and moving story.
show more

About Carol Miller

Carol Miller is one of the longest-running New York radio personalities, currently heard on Clear Channel's Q104.3 in New York City, Sirius/XM satellite radio, and nationwide through United Stations. She's been on the air at WPLJ and WNEW, has been recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has hosted dozens of national and international radio shows. She's appeared on VH-1, ET, and elsewhere. Originally from New York, she holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law.
show more

Rating details

132 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
5 19% (25)
4 30% (40)
3 38% (50)
2 11% (14)
1 2% (3)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X