A familiar face and voice to millions, former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read is also a popular historian and prolific author. His 40th and latest publication focuses on the iconic Denmark Street in London’s West End – often referred to as London’s ‘tin-pan alley’. The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Kray Twins, David Bowie, Karl Marx, Elton John, Casanova, The Rolling Stones, Denis Nilson, The Sex Pistols, Paul Simon, Charlie Chaplin, and hundreds of other familiar names, all walked, worked, or wrote in this site and The New Musical Express and the Melody Maker were born here. For a century it has been the home of our great songwriters and the British music publishing industry. But Denmark Street has also witnessed a millennium of mass murderers, inventors, serial killers, queens, rebels, rogues, lepers, explorers, arsonists, swordsmen, anarchists, racing drivers, reformers, schemers, dreamers, plague victims, great lovers, pioneers, and regicides. It is a great story!
Mike has been a broadcaster for over 40 years. He spent 5 years presenting the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show from 1981 and has worked for many other radio stations. As a TV presenter, he’s best known for Saturday Superstore and the music game show Pop Quiz. He’s currently the breakfast show presenter for United DJs which was launched last April.