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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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Excellent

I Didn't want it to end at all. Hope he does a load more. Please do!

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Loved every minute

As a longtime fan of Mark Radcliffe I couldn’t wait to hear this read by him. It did not disappoint at all. Listened to it all in one sitting and will without shadow of doubt listen to it again in the future. Absolutely superb

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Well read and entertaining

Marks reads his story very well. with his fluid easy style. I read (listened) to the book in one sitting. Stories about your musical listening history will always get your attention. Did I learn anything new, not really if I'm honest, but it was a very enjoyable experience.

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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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Entertaining, informative and even raised a laugh

Mark Radcliffe is the epitome of what a real DJ should be. He loves music, knows about music and musicians, communicates intelligently and with a real wit. No wonder Radio One and Radio Two sidelined him to obscure hours. He was the voice of a music lover on stations populated by gibbering, screaming monkeys employed because they were semi famous. (You know who you are, Rylan, Lisa, etc)
Here Mark shares his thoughts about the milestones and epoch making events in Rock and Pop and does it brilliantly. If you are of a certain age and have been lucky to have lived through the late 60s and onwards, this will bring back memories. If you just love music you'll learn much here.
How good would this have been if the producers could have included samples from some of the music Mark references. I found myself running to my Cd rack or you tubing some of the more obscure songs.
It's not a history of music but it goes a long way to covering all the major points. Excellent

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Brilliant and engaging

Great listen, funny, erudite, informative. Mark at his best. come on Audible, get Show Business, Diary of A Rock n Roll Nobody on here

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Just great...

I'm two years older than Mark and probably as passionate about music as he is. This struck so many chords (sorry...) for me and didn't want it to end. 10cc, Nirvana, Genesis (yes really) Elvis, Velvet Underground, Ramones, Kraftwerk, Georgio Mirroder, Robert Johnson, Hendrix, Haciaenda and so on... it was a joy and didn't want it to end.

ps my idea of a good night out is also a nice lunch

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a pleasant read

Bought this in the recent sale. Radcliffe's delivery is just right and the book itself is a gem. Sufficiently different to others similar in subject matter to make it worth having.

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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+++.