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  • Published: 15 May 2005
  • ISBN: 9780091897451
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

Cider With Roadies

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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.

  • Pub date: 15 May 2005
  • ISBN: 9780091897451
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Stuart Maconie

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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Praise for Cider With Roadies

“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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