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A hilarious and touching coming-of-age from one of Britain's leading music broadcasters

CIDER WITH ROADIES is the story of a boy's obsessive relationship with pop. A life lived through music from Stuart's audience with the Beatles (aged 3); his confessions as a pubescent prog rocker; a youthful gymnastic dalliance with northern soul; the radical effects of punk on his politics, homework and trouser dimensions; playing in crap bands and failing to impress girls; writing for the NME by accident; living the sex, drugs (chiefly lager in a plastic glass) and rock and roll lifestyle; discovering the tawdry truth behind the glamour and knowing when to ditch it all for what really matters. From his four minutes in a leisure centre with MC Hammer to four days in a small van with Napalm Death it's a life-affirming journey through the land where ordinary life and pop come together to make music.


The perfect pop fan's life ... effortlessly articulate


Stuart Maconie is the best thing to come out of Wigan since the A58 to Bolton

Peter Kay

An heir to Alan Bennett ... stirring and rather wonderful

Antony Quinn, Sunday Times

A working class boy who now, on air, challenges Stephen Fry's spry wit, Maconie celebrates his younger self modestly and fluently, pausing only for regular rib-ticklers


Witty and wise, with more good lines than the Angel of the North

Hunter Davies

If you only read one personal music odyssey, make it this one


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


Exuberantly anecdotal, witty and poignant


The English Bill Bryson

Tony Wilson

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  • Cider With Roadies
    Stuart Maconie



    May 15, 2005

    Ebury Press

    320 pages

    RRP $22.99

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