Red Robinson makes Ladner stop Saturday to promote biography

Legendary Vancouver disc jockey will be at Black Bond Books

Vancouver disc jockey Red Robinson and author Robin Brunet will be in Ladner Saturday for a book signing.

Red Robinson: The Last Deejay is a newly released biography on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member.

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"It's like looking in the mirror, 'Is that really me?'" Robinson, 79, says with a laugh, describing what it's like to hold the book knowing his life story is inside. "It is."

He said he didn't want the book to be "fluff" and that he wanted to tell the truth about his journey as a legacy for his family.

The biography, published by Harbour Publishing, "details the life and career of Robinson, one of Canada's most celebrated pioneers of rock and roll," according to a press release. "Robinson began spinning hits while in high school in the early 1950s, laying the foundation for what would become a glamorous and ultimately fulfilling career that has made him a household name west of the Rockies."

It notes Robinson, who can be heard on the air Sundays on CISL, has hosted numerous successful radio and TV shows over the years.

He counts introducing the Beatles at Empire Stadium in 1964 and interviewing them, as well as interviewing and emceeing a show for Elvis in 1957, as some of the highlights of his career.

Robinson chose The Last Deejay portion of the title. He explained he was inspired by the Tom Petty song The Last DJ.

"It's basically the end of individuality on the air," he said. "Everything's cookie cutter now, for the most part, not totally."

Robinson and Brunet will be at Black Bond Books at Trenant Park Square in Ladner Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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