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Cider With Roadies

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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 girl ...more
Published April 7th 2005 by Ebury Press (first published February 5th 2004)
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Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
'Cider With Roadies' is radio presenter and writer Maconie's 2004 autobiography in which he charts his journey as a life long fan of pop music - from Prog Rocker, to Punk Rocker via Northern Soul, Disco and numerous other stops on the way, to aspiring, burgeoning and ultimately accomplished music journalist with the New Musical Express (NME).

'Cider' is a tale well told, which apart from being entertainingly written and very funny, it's also a very astute book in which pertinent points are made.
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 any standards), through Northern Soul, progressive Rock, the arrival of Punk Rock, a short lived attempt at playing in a band and his later career as a rock journalist. Maconie is always humorous and slightly self mocking, but his enthusiasm is unfeigned and always honest. This will make you dig out obscure albums as well ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A life in music from a very young age through the NME until he left.. vivid reminiscences and some insightful stuff especially on interviewing people, especially the stories about morrissey and mark e smith ! Go on and read it you will love it !
Brian Clegg
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of Stuart Maconie's writing. Although his travel books are more my usual sort of thing, this musical autobiography (not an autobiography that is a musical, but one that takes in his musical tastes and development) struck a number of chords (sorry). We are relatively similar in age, and both grew up in Lancashire mill town. The difference is that, like a lot of my people, my musical tastes got stuck with what I loved between 15 and 25, while Maconie managed to move on, either cause ...more
Mar 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: music
What we essentially have here is an irreverent look at various musical genres fondly recalled by journalist Stuart Maconie, ranging from Northern Soul to a little dabbling in punk, prog and his formative years writing for the NME.

This is an irreverent book about music first and foremost, told through the lens of a biography, but don't be fooled this isn't a biography by any means but a discourse on one man's journey through music.

It is quite funny & laugh out loud in places, and starts out promi
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: better-half
This book came into my hands by recommendation, and I wasn't familiar with Stuart Maconie beforehand. I should say that as I started reading it immediately became very obvious that, having moved to the UK only 2 years ago, I wouldn't understand at least half (most likely 90%) of the national and regional references/jokes/remarks. And the book is loaded with these. So it was seriously frustrating to just read on, thinking "I wonder who that band is..." or "What ever could that mean...?". I suppos ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this book - it took me right back to my teenage years!

GQ's review of this book "The rarest of rock memoirs - hilarious, erudite & endearingly humble...Maconie's reminiscences are rich with both anecdote & insight" says it all really. I would love to quote my favourite bits but there's just too many but this footnote in particular, Maconie's favourite fragment of pub conversation, made me smile...

In the middle of one of those sudden inexplicable silences that sometimes occur in noisy roo
Ian Ellis
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
I like Stuart Maconie. I was always pleased when he would sit in for Johnnie Walker on the Drive Time show. I like him with Mark Radcliffe.

I even liked this book. But the glaring errors meant I could not continue. The three that stood out are:

Apparently the FBI are involved in intelligence and covert operations overseas.
Mexico is in South America
And my favourite one of all: Joseph, the 'step father' of Jesus as Stuart puts it (a description I rather like) was the proud owner of a coat of many co
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiography, music
As cultural reference points go this autobiography is about as close to me as it gets. As a music obsessive growing up just a couple of years behind Staurt Maconie In the UK I went through most of these musical phases/genres myself and I'm sure our respective music collections must be very similar. Except that I don't have Bernard Sumners guitar! Probably as a read though you have to be of a certain age to get the most enjoyment out of this book. It is just that I am and I did. ...more
Jul 17, 2016 rated it liked it
As amusing and likeable as Maconie's books always are. I don't much share his musical taste, but he is quite refreshingly honest (for a music journo) about liking and having liked some very uncool stuff. Perhaps most interesting in what is not said: there are several people he worked with on the NME who are mentioned, but not described or dealt with at all. Read into this what you will. Usual crop of badly researched mistakes ... really, is even 5 minutes on Wikipedia too much, Stuart? ...more
Rebecca Mc
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
A reread of a book I loved ten years ago, but on 2nd reading Maconie is very self-important towards the end.
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music
I was already familiar with Maconie via his 6Music show "The Freak Zone" and I have read "Pies And Prejudice", his travelogue through the north of England.

"Cider With Roadies" (a punny take-off on Laurie Lee's "Cider With Rosie") is Maconie's auto-biog, though told through his music fandom prism. He 'saw' The Beatles in Wigan at age 3, though the rest of "The Sixties" seems to have mostly passed him by - lil' Stu was never a hippie. But then, I can't imagine the psychedelic scene was huge in Wig
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
An entertaining memoir that does a good job of charting the transition from Eighties to Nineties (although there are some good early sections about prog rock). The best parts detail Maconie's time at the New Musical Express and the battles for the paper's soul - the likes of Dannies Kelly and Baker, Mary Anne Hobbs and Steve Lamacq were all there at the time amid falling readership and unashamedly highbrow editorial policies. Maconie is a fan of the Smiths, Madchester and Britpop and not Spanda ...more
Louise Culmer
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I found this book surprisingly entertaining, considering i have practically no interest in pop music from the 1970s onwards, which is what it is mainly about. Stuart Maconie relates his own obsession with pop starting at the age of three with hearing the Beatles singing 'can't buy Me love' and going on through the various changes in musical fashions, his enthusiasm undimmed, buying records, learning to play the guitar, and attempting to form a band. he was one of Wigan's first punks, bravely est ...more
John Grinstead
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable read from Stuart Maconie, particularly as, within a year or so, this is exactly my era. However, whilst I enjoy his writing style and many of his observations and anecdotes, I have to diverge from his gushing praise of Morrisey and The it symptomatic of the North - South divide do you suppose? I do, however, seem to have acquired a similarly eclectic musical taste (sic) and have empathy with his love of live music; 70s soul; obscure Northern Soul; and some of the gr ...more
Paula Maguire
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book easily relating to Stuarts love of music and working class upbringing. Although not quite as old, I could remember the impact of punk, new wave, The Smiths, just as he does. The depiction of the era seemed very authentic and prompted me to check out images of 'The Casion' in Wigan, for the 'Northern Soul' section. I was surprised that Stuart moved through so many different genres of music, abandoning prog rock for punk without a backward glance. The impotance of music as a ba ...more
Simon Binning
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a memoir of the first thirty years or so of the authors life. The first half takes us from his birth up to the start of his work as a music journalist; the second half covers his time writing for the NME. For me, the first half is the best; being roughly contemporaneous with the author (though from a different background) I found myself laughing out loud to some passages - the descriptions of primary school, for example - and his evocation of teenage travails is very good. The second hal ...more
Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography
If Maconie was a bigger ego-maniac, such as Piers Morgan, this would have been such a more interesting book. I hate to say it, but there's more than a bit of the (pesudo?) wall-flower in the Maconie outlook as he continually tries to make out that interviewing people like Morrisey in Berlin over a pint is akin to you meeting your boss for a beer in Birmingham. No big deal really. When interviewing Paul McCartney, he chooses to recall the one absolutely stupid and inane question that he asked whi ...more
Oct 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music, biography
Having been an avid reader of the NME for nearly 40 years I love to read the published works of anyone who has worked on that august journal. Mr Maconie worked there for some time (as did Andrew Collins - check out his books too)

This book also covers a similar period in the UK when I grew up, although Stuart Maconie is slightly younger than me

It is at times incredibly funny and delivers a great insight into the way a music paper operates. There are some great anecdotes about a number of starts t
Peter Boyle
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music
I tore through this lively, witty memoir by BBC Radio DJ Stuart Maconie. It traces his musical odyssey from attending a Beatles concert as a three-year-old to becoming a singer in one of Wigan's dodgy punk bands and his time as a rock journalist for the NME. The story is furnished with loads of hilarious anecdotes - my personal favourites include a memorable encounter with the Happy Mondays and a journey from hell with Birmingham metallers Napalm Death. It's also an intriguing insight into what ...more
ann horton
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Maconie fans
Recommended to ann by: Brother-in-law-to-be
I loved this to pieces. I think you have to be northern to totally get it, because i can hear his voice and if he wasn't a northerner it just wouldn't sound right!
It's essentially about growing up and forging a career - something most of us can relate to - but with a large dollop of celeb thrown in, but down to earth stuff too, such as life teaching at Skem college.
I whooed with joy when I discovered where Maconie went to college himself, it's where I went, a fact my brother-in-law who lent me t
Kendra Levine
Jul 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read this book after Pies and Prejudice. Even in that book, Maconie can't help but talk about how music has shaped his view of England. This book is an open love letter to music, sort of like High Fidelity but more sincere. I definitely identified with Maconie's description of his Beatlemania and I really appreciated how honest he was with the progression of his musical taste.

This is probably because I still work at a college radio station, and grew up collecting vinyl compulsively, but I real
Colin Milligan
Sep 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
I picked this up in FOPP for a few pounds one day when I wanted something to read on the train. I didn't have great expectations for it, a nice light read, should be funny etc.

It was definitely a slow burner, the prose felt a little laboured at first, with a few too many forced jokes.

But the great thing about the book is that with each passing Chapter, you could sense that Maconie is becoming a better writer, until byu the end of the book, some of the later chapters really did merit the praise
Bob Breckwoldt
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
An entertaining light weight read. The beginning isn't that great, feels like other people's memories. But from the moment of forming a prog-rock group it takes off (especially for those of us who actually spent five minutes in a would be prog group in the seventies). It then travels through the 70s, 80s and 90s til he finds enlightenment! As with all music journalists he is pretentious, opinionated, enthusiastic yet funny, sardonic and essentially warm hearted. From Gentle Giant ( will they eve ...more
Kane Green
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great memoir of Maconie's long standing love of music. From his earliest musical experience of seeing The Beatles aged 3 (of which he remembers nothing) to his rise to Assistant Editor of the NME, the whole thing is shot through with Maconie's typical humour.

There is one section describing spending 4 days in a van with (Death Metal band) Napalm Death which is worth the admission fee alone. I have to say this was right up my street having been an avid reader of the NME for years and like Maconi
Derek James Baldwin
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is great fun, probably more so if you're familiar with the bands etc and of a similar vintage, but even if you're not how can anyone dislike a turn of phrase like "Well-known tramp-rock band The Levellers"? Respect to Maconie also for nailing the likes of Saville and D LTravis some years before the law caught up with them (or didn't, depending on how you look at it). a very easy read, entertaining and amusing all the way, and he even very briefly mentions This Heat who to be blunt, are bett ...more
Guy Jones
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have read some other books by Stuart Maconie, notably "pies and prejudice" and "Adventures on the High Teas" I enjoyed them very much and was looking forward to reading what seems to be generally regarded as his best work. Well, I can only agree, this book knocks them into a cocked hat. It is effectively an autobiography of his musical influences and background, but it concentrates more on the music and performers with the author acting as our guide. At times I would have liked further expansi ...more
Allan Heron
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dreadfully late to this book but I enjoyed it immensely. Stuart Maconie is three years younger than me so I was able to empathise greatly with his musical journey.

Unlike most authors I know Stuart's voice from his radio shows and I can clearly hear him as I read the book.

Loads of great stories, more than a few of which had me laughing out loud sufficiently for people to stare.

And I absolutely loved the Napalm Death tale. Not that I'd gave given them the time of day to start with.

Onto his other b
Aug 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Very entertaining, particularly if you grew up in the UK in the 60s & 70s. several bits made me laugh out loud, not the stories so much as the language. Clive James-esque sentences like this description of 1970s clothing. "Your shirts were designed by ICI scientists and produced in a test tube. in theory they never needed ironing and possessed the half-life of uranium 360." Good holiday reading. ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this book! It helps that I'm a similar age to the author and recognise all the cultural references from his childhood and young adulthood. I found it really nostalgic, funny (I really did laugh out loud several times, which is unusual for me) and liked hearing insider details on bands and rock journalism. This is the second of his books that I've read and will definitely read more. Would recommend to music fans and fans of coming of age memoirs alike. ...more
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Stuart Maconie is a TV and radio presenter, journalist, columnist and author.

He is the UK’s best-selling travel writer of non-TV tie-in books and his Pies and Prejudice was one of 2008’s top selling paperbacks. His work has been compared with Bill Bryson, Alan Bennett and John Peel and described by The Times as a 'National Treasure'.

He co-hosts the Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC Radio 2 every M

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