Roadie: My Life on the Road with Coldplay

Roadie: My Life on the Road with Coldplay

by Matt McGinn, Greg Parmley


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Roadie: My Life on the Road with Coldplay by Matt McGinn, Greg Parmley

With a foreword by the band and exclusive photography by their bassist, this backstage, on-the-road account of Matt McGinn's life as a roadie describes touring with Coldplay, a band at the pinnacle of their success
Stuffed with insightful and authoritative 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. As Coldplay moves from club gigs to arenas and stadiums worldwide, Matt goes with them; faking it as a band member on U.S. talk shows, flirting with Kylie, saving a life on a French motorway, and even pitching in with the odd guitar riff in the studio. Tales of hurricanes and heat waves, helicopter chases and private jets, plectrum hunters and projectiles all come together as Matt explains in his unique way—and regardless of the mountain (and gear) to move—that the show must always go on.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781907554292
Publisher: Anova Books
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 859,589
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgements x

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 A Roadie is Born and Meets the Band 1

Chapter 2 The Brits 2001 14

Chapter 3 Back, Back... and Back (Again) in the USA 20

Chapter 4 Glastonbury 2002: The Biggest Show of Our Lives 28

Chapter 5 What's a Roadie Anyway? Plus: The Worst Gig of My Life 38

Chapter 6 Stars and White Stripes 56

Chapter 7 Gig Day 76

Chapter 8 Bus Wendy (In which Matt saves a life) 127

Chapter 9 Lost Highway: The Joy and Pain of the Road 138

Chapter 10 Good Morning Essex! 152

Chapter 11 Live 8 and Beyond 165

Chapter 12 What does Eno? (Riffs, Studios and other fun) 178

Chapter 13 The Home Straight 201

Glossary 223

Further Reading 235

Index 236

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