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Crossroads

In Search of the Moments that Changed Music
Narrated by: Mark Radcliffe
Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
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Summary

Standing at the crossroads - the Mississippi crossroads of Robert Johnson and the devil's infamous meeting - Mark Radcliffe found himself facing his own personal crunch point. Aged 60, he had just mourned the death of his father, only to be handed a diagnosis of mouth and throat cancer.

This momentous time in his life, and being at the most famous junction in music history, led Radcliffe to think about the pivotal tracks in music and how the musicians who wrote and performed them - from Woodie Guthrie to Gloria Gaynor, Kurt Cobain to Bob Marley - had reached the crossroads that led to such epoch-changing music.

In this warm, intimate account of music and its power to transform our lives, Radcliffe takes a personal journey through these touchstone tracks, looking at the story behind the records and his own experiences as he goes in search of these moments.

©2019 Mark Radcliffe (P)2019 Canongate Books Ltd

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Thoroughly enjoyable meandering saga

I have always enjoyed Mark Radcliffe's informed and experienced but pleasantly self-deprecating manner on Radio 1 and later on 6 Music etc, so it was great to listen to him read his own words covering his take on a bunch of pivotal moments in modern musical history. There are some good stories in here and even the bits of history with which one might be familiar are rendered in an amusing and engaging way and some bits are properly funny although I stress that this is light touch popular music history and is not a comedy book. If you enjoy your music and music history, this is well worth a listen.

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What a brilliant book

I like Mark Radcliffe anyway I have listened to him over many years on his various radio shows. Still miss him and Stuart on a weekday afternoon on 6 Music, but now I like him even more. This book is brilliant. Listened to it over a couple of days. If you like music and music history then you won’t be disappointed. A great listen

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Really enjoyable

Radcliffe is an engaging narrator and whilst this is fairly well trodden ground, this book has a lot of interesting stories worth hearing. I liked it a lot.

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A fascinating history

A fascinating history delivered with the wit and charm you would expect from Mr Radcliffe.

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Very funny & endearing

Highly recommended. A pithy romp through contemporary musical moments, beautifully narrated by a fellow Mancunian

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Very poor.

Please don’t bother to download this book, unless you want to listen to some bloke blowing his own trumpet. Complete lack feeling for music, he’s a Manc without soul.

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Musical moments and Masterpiece defined

loved it. Mark's nasal Manc (Boltonian) twang brought the history, the places and the people to a musical life. More than once I wanted to listen with fresh ears to the bands and personnel as he discussed them. great listen.

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Fantastic Journey

A wonderful meandering history of music as told by one of my favourite presenters and authors. Mark Radcliffes northern nuances plot the course of popular music from the blues to the modern, pausing to take in all the side streams and tributaries of all genres, histories and the occasional anecdote along the way. Good to hear your voice Mark. Thank you for entertaining me to and from work during the time of pandemic!

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Was this the best Mark Radcliffe sounding person they could find?

I really enjoyed being of similar age and having similar musical preferences . Would have been easy to pick well established crossroads sex pistol Beatles Arriving in USA. But no so interesting and thought provoking. Races along at a pace but then Mark knows he’s at that point in life where the bands gone off and your not entirely sure an encore is on the cards. At any moment the house lights could come on and prompt boos and a shuffle to the exit 🎸❤️

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very good music anecdotes

well read by MR - loads of good stories . a must for musos

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  • 12-11-19

A Great Listen

Another great offering from Mark Radcliffe. Funny and informative - it falls more on the informative side, and less on the funny side than Reelin in the Years. If you love rock music, and love stories, behind the scenes details, and backstories, you will love this book. A+++.