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

Mark Radcliffe

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Radio, Biography: arts & entertainment, Memoirs, Prose: non-fiction

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

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

In his first book, Mark Radcliffe recalls his less-than-glittering rock career in a succession of bands which all ended in ignominy and frustration. Combining his trademark humour with an acute eye for the ridiculous, Mark admits his part in bands like The Berlin Airlift (hastily named during a history lesson), the life-changing punk revolution in Bob Sleigh and The Crestas and even a flirtation with thirty-something pub rock. Interwoven with the musical disasters is the appealing rites-of-passage story of a middle-class grammar school boy who finally leaves Bolton for university. Splattered with memorable episodes and Viz-like characters, SHOWBUSINESS retraces the steps that should have led Mark to headlining Wembley Arena, but which took him to Radio 1 instead.

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Praise for Showbusiness - The Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Nobody

  • 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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Mark Radcliffe

Mark Radcliffe was born in Bolton. He is currently employed by the BBC to talk between records on Radio 1. He is married, has two daughters, lives in Cheshire, supports Manchester City F.C. and drinks in the George and Dragon.

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