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Showbusiness - The Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Nobody Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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'Lancashire's answer to Nick Hornby. If Mark Radcliffe ever gets bored with Djing, there's a highly promising career as a writer waiting for him' (The Mirror )

'Hilarious stuff' (Independent on Sunday )

'A love letter to pop music. Mark Radcliffe is the sharpest DJ that Radio One has ever had by some considerable distance' (The Sunday Times )

'Hilarious. One of the funniest books I've read all year' (U Magazine )

'Mark Radcliffe: the world of rock salutes you' (Melody Maker )

'Hilarious. His vivid descriptions of various bands and musicians will have you laughing out loud. His genuine love of music comes across together with a gleeful sense of satire' (Yorkshire Evening Post )

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'Hilarious stuff’

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2428 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre; New edition edition (12 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007A1DSOC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,771 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A witty and entertaining look at the less successful side of showbiz life. The style is very similar to Radcliffe's radio show. As such though towards the end I started to feel that it's a little bit like a listening to a DJ doing all the talking without the occasional sanctuary of a record or two. Still the book is short enough that Radcliffe just about gets away with it. Well worth a read.
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If you've ever laughed at Mark Radcliffe you'll find yourself in stitches reading this book. I made the mistake of reading it in a tent and became very annoying to everyone camping nearby.
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The man behind the popular "Mark & Lard show" on Radio 1... brings his wit and humour to paper. This book is a must read for any fan of Mark Radcliffe's work.
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I know this may be short but it says everything that needs to be said. If you've ever tried making it in a band, regardless of whether you drum, strum or sing you will find this book hillarious as well as inspirational. This man loves music, an amazing talent that everyone should be aware of. P.S. His second book "Northern Sky" is just as good!
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If you like Mark Radcliffe on the radio you'll know what to expect. Self deprecating effortless and witty recounts of his career as a music fan who also enjoyed being in a band for the beer, the mates and the craic. From school common room to supporting Blur on a stadium tour with The Shirehorses it's all here.

He's open about his time in racist Oi band Skrewdriver which some have criticised him about, and anyone who has ever heard him will know he's far too bright to hold any views that are dear to that brand of idiot.

The only problem is that it's part of the production line of books from the likes of Radcliffe, Stuart Macconie, Danny Baker et al, and you've heard half the gags and anecdotes before. Suspect the book was knocked out whilst recycling a chicken madras or two, as it's relatively brief, and isn't designed to tax the reader, but ideal for anyone who ever wondered what it would be like to drive up the M6 in a van with a set of drums and some mates.

Would have given it four stars but one knocked off for the appalling spelling ,errors in the Kindle version, which appears to have been proof read by a goat (or perhaps a Shirehorse).

Radcliffe is far smarter than he makes himself out to be, but not being a Billy bigboots hides his genius by taking the rise out of himself, his mates, the pompous music business and anyone else he comes into contact with.
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Why has it taken me 14 years to get around to reading this book? Mark Radcliffe is a national treasure. I don't always share his musical taste but I do enjoy listening to him talking in between the records and I love him as a presenter on the BBCs coverage of the Glastonbury Festival. This book covers his (mainly failed) attempts to make it as a musician and also touches briefly on the early part of his radio career. Being familiar with Radcliffe's TV and radio work, I expected the book to be well written and witty, which it is but what really amused me is how deliciously rude he is about most of his friends and fellow band members. He does comedic insults even better than Paul O'Grady does. He is also a great one for self-deprecation, which again is expressed in a very funny way. In describing a photograph of himself and Mark 'Lard' Riley posing with his musical hero, David Bowie, he says "Me and Lard look like two fat lads who've just met Father Christmas". It is a very blokey book, which is fine by me but readers who have grown out of laughing at their own farts might not be as enamoured as I am. I just find his turn of phrase hugely amusing; for example "...the Shirehorses story may well have ended there were it not for the fact that it went on a bit longer." The same could be said for Radcliffe's radio career and I cannot wait to read more of his memoirs.
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I am cock and quite literally ahoop that I bought this book. Radcliffe's writing follows a similar pattern to his radio shows; it is consistently and painfully hilarious. He packs the humour into a self-deprecating and admirably honest book of his many musical failures, from the mispronounced disaster that was the Berlin 'Chairlift' through to the supergroup that we all know and love as the Shirehorses. If you like the current show, or loved the Graveyard Shift, or simply laughed along with Match of the 90's, buy this - you'll have no reason to grumble at all.
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Mark Radcliffe gives you a brilliant look at the stained and grubby underpants of the rock world. Some of his descriptions of the various gigs and band members made me laugh out loud and be told to put that book down and go to sleep by my very understanding missus. Ahem. He should keep the day job, but continue bashing out books like this. It would be great for him to do one on his Radio One experiences.
Perhaps not enough Lard in it, but not a criticism that will take away a star.
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