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a glorious anecdotal account of a music obsessives life

appeal may be limited to people of a certain age

...Stuart Maconie has lead the perfect life for someone so obsessed with music. From Northern Soul clubber to embracing the new sensation that was called punk, from club reporter to NME stalwart, this book charts a remarkable career. Unlike the lucky breaks of some of his peers (such as Andy Kershaw finding a discarded Billy Bragg demo at his local radio station or Danny Baker just seemingly always...

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a warm and humourous read


...Although being hailed as the English Bill Bryson, Stuart Maconie has a distinct advantage over his American literary brother in his search for that mythical realm called Middle England. Whereas Bryson comes at the subject matter as an outsider (yes, he is an Anglicized Yank, but a Yank nonetheless) and seems to revel in being baffled by our quirks and colloquialisms, Maconie embraces them. As...

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“A Memoir Through Music”

published 06/04/2010

Humorous and witty

Ends on a bit of a sour note

...After reading and enjoying "Pies and Prejudice" by Stuart Maconie, I decided to read this earlier book of his, which was trailed in his more recent one. "Cider with Roadies" takes its title from a play on words from one of Maconie's favourite books, Lawrie Lee's "Cider with Rosie", as he states in the introduction to this memoir. For this is a memoir with humour, which follows Maconie's life...

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