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Cider with Roadies: From School Bus to Tour Bus without Ever Growing Up [Paperback]

Stuart Maconie
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5 Feb 2004
Journalist, writer and TV and radio presenter, Stuart Maconie is the host of Stuart Maconie's Critical List on Radio 2 and has written and presented dozens of other shows on BBC Radio. This is his personal memoir of a life lived for music.

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  • Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (5 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091891159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091891152
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 850,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stuart Maconie is a writer, broadcaster and journalist familiar to millions from his work in print, on radio and on TV. His previous bestsellers have included Cider with Roadies, Pies and Prejudice and Adventures on the High Teas, and he currently hosts the afternoon show on BBC 6music with Mark Radcliffe as well as weekly show The Freak Zone. Based in the cities of Birmingham and Manchester, he can also often be spotted on top of a mountain in the Lake District with a Thermos flask and individual pork pie.

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"From council estate to Radio 2, Stuart Maconie has lived the perfect pop fan's life...effortlessly articulate" -- The Times

"Maconie makes a jovial, self-deprecating narrator. Sharp and funny" -- The Guardian

`Stuart Maconie is the best thing to come out of Wigan since the A58 to Bolton’ -- Peter Kay

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The hilarious coming-of-age memoir from the bestselling author of Pies and Prejudice --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 15 May 2007
If like me you enjoyed reading Stuart Maconies recent 'Pies & Prejudice' you could do worse than give `Cider with Roadies' a try.

In this earlier book he describes his life as a music lover using the same brand of wit and good humour that shone through in Pies and also in his many appearances on TV and radio.

The book is basically in two sections. The first describes how he first became aware of music when he was a child - playing the odd assortment of records owned by his parents - through to when he started going to gigs and also playing in a band. This to me is the stronger section because a lot of what he writes about strikes a chord with me, as it will to most readers in their forties. The second section concerns his stint as a writer for the NME and to me the book flags slightly here because at times it becomes too much of a list of performers he has interviewed and places he has visited.

All in all this is a book that is well worth tracking down.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wittly and articullate 12 Sep 2006
I inherited this book from a mate while we were on a motorbike tour. He'd got half way through and chucked it over to me saying it was the biggest load of rubbish he's ever read - he'd not even got half way through it!

Maybe it's just as well that, "One man's meat is another mans' poison" because I thoroughly enjoyed reading of Maconies journey, as he takes us from his first Beatles influence to his life as a Top DJ: via INXS, The Smiths, work as Teacher at Skelmersdale college and journalist for NME.

Witty and articulate, Maconie's tale of his life as a "Muso" unfolds with great ease and at times I actually laughed out loud at some of his tales - 4 days with a "Napalm Death" in the tour van in France is priceless. Being a Scouser who loves music and lives in Wigan maybe I can identify with this book more than most but whatever, it's a nice easy read that flows very well.

There are a couple of inaccuracies in here. Stuart, if you can get from Edge Hill College in Ormskirk to Liverpool on a bus in twenty minutes I salute you, because you'll be the first person ever to achieved such a feat! Also if you drove through Limoges to get to Le mans in France let me tell you, you went one hell of a long way round.

Some of the tales in the book are obvioulsy "flowered up" for the sake of effect but then again aren't most autobiographies? A great little book, highly recommmended if you need a bit of light reading and a good laugh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Resonates like a Dobro 20 May 2004
This is probably the most acutely observed book I've yet read about how pop music frames the lives of blokes of a certain age. At best High Fidelity provoked the odd wry smile or occasional frisson of recognition. Cider With Roadies is much more representative in the way it gets under the skin of pop obsession. It'll also make you laugh yourself into a prolapse. You don't have to have lived in Wigan or worked for the NME to recognise yourself in these pages. And he's absolutely spot on about the the cult of Mark E Smith. I'm not a mate of the author, penning a gushing review to add a few sales. This gush is sincere.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To See How Men are... 14 July 2007
A really great read for anyone, who like me is grazing 40 and loves music and the indie scene in particular. Stuart's style is witty and entertaining not deep and self revealing as other memoirs are but that is easily overcome by the depth of detail about the music which is the focus of the book.

It was a great joy for me reading this on holiday in the sunshine but being transported in imagination to the Wigan Casino and great gigs in Manchester etc. Seeing the rise of the Factory records and The Smiths through the eyes of someone who was there is a true joy.

I can't help but give it 5 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Northern musos in their '40's 9 Jun 2007
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The rating is based on the fact that I have probably read no more than 6 books from cover-to-cover in my adult life (unless for work / study purposes)...but this I did! As other reviewers have said, it does help if you are music mad (check), play/have played in a band (check), know Wigan, Southport and Ormskirk very well (check)...and are 40-something (check!!). Having said that, there is something to delight everyone. My wife never reads autobiographies and was waiting for me to finish so she could continue her read. And now on to Pies and Prejudice for the summer hols... Cheers Stuart!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Stuart Maconie's isn't a proper autobiography, in the sense that it doesn't cover many of life's milestones. For example, the book brings us fairly up to date in Maconie's career, but we don't find out whether his parents are still alive. The book is also poorly edited in that it is littered with spelling mistakes.
That said, this is a brilliant account of the evolution of a pop music lover's taste as he moves from Beatle-loving infant to writer for Q magazine, DJ for BBC Radio Two and contributor to TV nostalgia programmes. It helps that he is of a similar age to me (fortysomething) and many of the artists he picks out are also favourites of mine (e.g. Gentle Giant, Chic and Return to Forever). But while I was brought up in southern England, Stuart was raised in the north-west. He likes many artists and styles I have yet to grow fond of: Morrissey, Northern Soul, and the Clash, for example. And while I often dreamed of being in a band -- it would have helped if I'd bothered to learn an instrument -- Stuart actually did it, albeit to no great commercial success.
Maconie is particularly good on the religious divide that separated school kids in the 1970s. Were you a Slade fan or a T Rex fan? On such theological questions hung the matter of whether you would get beaten up at the bus stop by the school bully.
Spelling aside, Maconie is a great writer. (His three years studying for a degree in English Literature gets much coverage in the book.)
Maconie knows his audience and readership. While a family update would aid the completeness of the autobiography, Maconie knows that most of his readers would rather see the space devoted to his views on Sting (negative) and facts about Eno than his aunt Mildred's kidney problems.
This book is firmly aimed at people who lived through the 1970s knowing that there was almost nothing more important than pop music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Never take a music journalist too seriously ...
I absolutely loved this. I am a big Stuart Maconie fan, so I have to put that out there right away. I've read a few of his books and recently saw him speak in Kendal. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DevAust
4.0 out of 5 stars Cider With Roadies
This is a delightful memoir – the story of Stuart Maconie’s love affair with music. It takes us from his first concert at the age of three (The Beatles, which is unbeatable by... Read more
Published 5 months ago by S Riaz
4.0 out of 5 stars Smashing book
Erudite (whatever that means), northern (of course), thoroughly British (if such a thing exists anymore), lots of smirks, a real bloke with a real story to tell. Read more
Published 5 months ago by C. Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Very engaging musical biography
I have never really come across Stuart Maconie very often - he started writing for the New Musical Express after I stopped reading it regularly, and over the last twenty or thirty... Read more
Published 7 months ago by James Brydon
5.0 out of 5 stars Teenager of the 70's
As a Teenager of the Seventies, and of a similar range to Stuart I can identify exactly with his thoughts, sense of humour, his music and all aspects of him growing up. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs Julie Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Roller coaster of life, love and music
Stuart Maconie combines a ready wit and understanding of life and loving it through the world of Pop music. I laughed and learnt such a lot. Thank you Stuart.
Published 13 months ago by Michael Wickens
5.0 out of 5 stars a vey funny bookr
Stuart Maconie is very funny author, i am glad i have found him, i will get all his books hopefully
Published 13 months ago by mrs lynn wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Stuart Maconie brings his tale of growing u pand working in the music industry vividly to life. This is superbly written laugh out loud funny on every page. Love it!
Published 15 months ago by Wendy R
5.0 out of 5 stars Good bloke good story good read
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Cracking good read, great insight to a live growing up in the industrial north with a superb soundtrack. Read more
Published 17 months ago by ken lamb
5.0 out of 5 stars brought back lots of memories
anyone who is forty something and loved indie music, buying nme and going to gigs,will love this book. Read more
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