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Roadie: My Life on the Road with Coldplay [Hardcover]

Matt McGinn
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July 1 2010
Stuffed with insightful and authoritative rock 'n' roll tour stories about daily roadie duties, this is an insider's guide to what it means to live and work with global superstars in the world of rock 'n' roll. This memoir covers the job, the road, the gigs, the band, the relationships, the fame, the failing equipment, and the cold beers after a great show. Behind-the-scenes touring and recording stories are featured, as well as humorous and engaging anecdotes about Matt's relationship with Coldplay as they travel the globe and become one of the biggest bands in the world.

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"[McGinn] shares an intimate, engaging and, more often than not, hilarious, behind-the-scenes look at what it’s really like on the road for an outfit as big as Coldplay."—PopMatters.com

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Matt McGinn is a full-time roadie for the band Coldplay, and a key member of its touring force and trusted friend. He was present during the recording of the last two albums, and has circled the globe many, many times.

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4.0 out of 5 stars As a touring crew member myself..... March 4 2014
By Matt
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a fun and insightful read. Perfect for a long flight to the next gig. Good on ya, Matt!
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5.0 out of 5 stars True to his word Sept. 6 2010
By The Scientist - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is an honest, forward and excellent piece of writing. Matt wrote in a relaxed conversational tone. He does not pimp Coldplay for drama or sizzle, but instead uses the backdrop of the band as a setting for the life and times of a roadie. Truly enjoyable!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, interesting, quick read July 28 2010
By Dennis S. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Huge Coldplay fan here, so no wonder that I loved this book. Would recommend for any music fan who wants to get an inside looking into the touring process from a Roadie to one of the best and biggest bands in the word. Funny, very easy to read, conversational writing style.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insight into the birth of a band and life of a roadie Sept. 11 2010
By seatakers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Matt has written an engaging novel that provides an informative, insightful look into life from every aspect of the world of a world-reknown musical act. The uncensored, unpolished voice adds a certain charm to the book that keeps you reading. I was allowed the opportunity of stepping backstage with Coldplay and crew, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!! July 7 2010
By R. Whitley - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book because I'm a Coldplay fan but now I'm a Matt fan! I just received it last evening and am halfway through it already. It's an easy read that I couldn't put down. Matt's hilarious and it's obvious that he has a real affection and respect not only for his bosses but also his roadie cohorts. I realize he's probably pulled quite a few punches, he wants to stay employed after all, but it's still a wonderful inside look at the workings of a massive music tour and I am really enjoying it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow June 1 2013
By E. Loeb - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a fantastically written and absolutely witty account of a side of the musical industry that at least to me was a world unknown. It it so rare for people to find just one thing they are supposed to be doing in life, and Matt has been fortunate enough to be given the talent for two - a roadie for an uber-successful world touring band and an excellent writer. I'm not a books on tape type of reader, but his wit, charm and all out honesty makes me wish he could relay the book in person to me over a pint at a pub. He jumps right in with some quick history about himself, how he met the band and then before you know it POOF he's touring the world with Coldplay. He keeps an energetic pace throughout the book letting you in to discover the magnitude of preparation, production, exasperation and triumphs of a life on the road. To me, and probably a lot of fans, concert stages appear seamless as if they arrived by the snap of a finger, which clearly is not the case. What Matt details with the best humor is the extensive work and nerves involved for a touring band from the organization and set up of all moving parts of a stage and its equipment, to gauging the sound in an arena, the recommended way to sleep in a tour bus and the challenges of falling back into daily life when a tour has ended. Highly recommend. I did not want it to end. I hope he writes another about the Mylo tour!!!
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