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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd (2 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780721617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780721613
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nige Tassell is a music journalist whose writing has appeared in The Word, Q, The Guardian,The Sunday Times and New Statesman among others. He lives in the hill country of Somerset with his wife and two primary-school-age Half Man Half Biscuit fans. Mr Gig is his first book.

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"Mr Gig is a sweet and tender paean to a very particular lost love, the live gig, and a wise and witty account of how one man set about rekindling that youthful romance" --Stuart Maconie, author of Cider with Roadies

"Written with enthusiasm and nostalgic curiosity, Mr Gig is an affectionate celebration of live music in all its forms" --James Fearnley from The Pogues

"Mr Gig perfectly captures what it s like to become a hopeless live music addict: the anticipation, the expense, the social ineptitude, the adrenalin and the utter, unexplainable elation of it all" --Steve Lamacq

About the Author

Nige Tassell is a music journalist whose writing has appeared in The Word, Q, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and New Statesman among others. He lives with his family in the Mendip Hills in Somerset. Mr Gig is his first book.

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"Mr. Gig" is a very original and highly entertaining book where Nigel Tassell reconnects with live music after giving up for a number of years when his children were younger. He visits various gigs from 'enormodomes' to pubs, from village halls to various festivals and sees well-known acts, up-and-comers and tribute bands. Although he does find changes since he last attended/promoted gigs (health and safety now demands only 'certified roadies' can carry equipment during the load in!?!) in many small venues he finds that it still falls to a dedicated hand-full of unpaid volunteers to run the venues and put the gigs on. The book is very well-written and I liked Nigel's open-mindedness as he faces up to his preconceptions about tribute acts and heavy-metal and also the more mundane details of his travels around the country from his West Country base. Recommended for all music fans.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blonde if not brown on 8 May 2013
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Have just finished reading Mr Gig and must say it's one of the most entertaining books I've read in a long, long time. Nige Tassell is the balding father of two boys whose younger years comprised gigs, gigs and more gigs. Now in his forties, he's lost the mojo of his musical youth.

This is a tale of his musical renaissance.

Nige tours the country, visiting gigs and even organising one, in search of his long-lost love - music.

The whole book is a triumph, and particularly impressed Nige got two of my favourite artists in - Half Man, Half Biscuit and the Smith's (albeit the tribute act - which captures one of the finest episodes in the book).

One of the most entertaining reads in a while.
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This is a must read for absolutely anyone who digs live music, it's inspired me to rediscover the heart of Saturday night A++++++++
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Great read! Wasn’t sure I’d like it when I bought it, but I was pleasantly surprised. The writer takes us on a journey of discovery – both geographical and musical – to recapture the spirit of youthful enthusiasm for live music. He also provides a sociological perspective of the place of live performance in an ever more technology-based society. Beyond the subject matter though, what makes it such a good read is the writer’s affable narrative voice. He’s both engaging and amusing, and refreshingly unpretentious. I really enjoyed this book and I’d recommend it to anyone who was has been a regular gig-goer at some stage in their lives. That said, it’s much more than simply a book about music.
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