Ahead of the release later this year of a new Coldplay book entitled 'Roadie: My Life on the Road with Coldplay', written by roadie Matt McGinn, there are a couple of reviews written online by the likes of Waterstones and Amazon. The reviews are below and after the jump. You can also see the full page on Roadie by Matt mcGinn at WikiColdplay now, which includes the full cover image, publication details and the pre-publication teaser released by the official Coldplay site last year.
WATERSTONES: If it's true that behind every great man there is a great woman, then behind every great band, there's a similarly skilled road crew... this book is the backstage 'on the road' account of Matt McGinn's life as a roadie touring with a band at the pinnacle of their success. The book charts the life and duties of a rock and roll roadie for the band Coldplay, who has been with them right from the start of their career (as well as his).
"Roadie" will be the first, and only, biography and book of the band approved by Coldplay. It is an authoritative, engaging account of a roadie's life and duty to the biggest band in the world. It is an insightful and entertaining look at the rock and roll touring industry. This the first and only book blessed by Coldplay. It includes a foreword by Chris Martin (Coldplay), along with exclusive photography.
"Roadie" is stuffed with insightful and authoritative rock 'n' roll tour stories about daily roadie duties; the job; the road; the gigs, the band; the relationships; the fame; the failing equipment and the cold beers after a great show - as well as humorous and engaging anecdotes about Matt's relationship with Coldplay as they travel the world and become the biggest band on it. The book will have mass appeal to young musicians and bands as well as the upcoming technical staff who want to read about the duties and life of a roadie for one of the biggest bands in the world. The book also promises a foreword by Chris Martin as well exclusive never-before-seen photography of the band.
AMAZON: Stuffed with insightful and authoritative rock 'n' roll tour stories about daily roadie duties; the job; the road; the gigs, the band; the relationships; the fame; the failing equipment and the cold beers after a great show as well as humorous and engaging anecdotes about Matt's relationship with the band as they travel the world and become the biggest band on it. An authoritative, engaging account of a roadie's life one of the biggest bands in the world, and an entertaining look behind the scenes of the touring and recording experience.
Matt is the only full time backline technician employed by the band and the key member of its touring force. He was present during the recording of the last two albums, has circled the globe over a dozen times, and during the last six years, Matt has risen to the top of the roadie ranks. This is his first book.
Chris Martin attends the London Evening Standard British Film Awards (9th February 2010):