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Mr. Gig | [Nige Tassell]

Mr. Gig

Roadie. DJ. Promoter. Reviewer. Punter. Nige Tassell’s adult life has been defined by live music. It’s the fabric of his being, his bloodline, his DNA. He is Mr Gig – or at least he was. A few years ago, Mr Gig hung up his backstage pass and headed off to raise children in rural isolation. Now, with house renovated and kids domesticated, he turns back to face the music and barely recognises his former love: the astronomical ticket prices; the sea of mobile phones obscuring the view...
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Roadie. DJ. Promoter. Reviewer. Punter. Nige Tassell’s adult life has been defined by live music. It’s the fabric of his being, his bloodline, his DNA. He is Mr Gig – or at least he was. A few years ago, Mr Gig hung up his backstage pass and headed off to raise children in rural isolation. Now, with house renovated and kids domesticated, he turns back to face the music and barely recognises his former love: the astronomical ticket prices; the sea of mobile phones obscuring the view; the once-iconic venues selling naming rights to drinks companies.

On a mission to rekindle his passion for live music, Nige embarks on a round-Britain trip from super-sized arena shows to microscopic folk festivals, from blacker-than-black death metal gatherings to brightly coloured ‘80s pop revivals in an attempt to get his groove back. Along the way, he finds himself the recipient of a Michael Eavis practical joke, scoffs his way through Elbow’s backstage banquet, endures a near-death experience en route to a festival on a remote Hebridean island, and even goes gladioli shopping with a Smiths tribute band. Will Nige fall back in love with live music? Can he make peace with middle age? And will he ever again be able to rightfully call himself Mr Gig?

Nige Tassell is a freelance music journalist whose work has appeared in The Word, Q, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, New Statesman and Paste. He has also presented music documentaries for BBC Radio 4. His journalistic highlights include scoffing cake in the Test Match Special commentary box, interviewing Boy George while pushing his son around the aisles of Morrisons and being (surely!) the only person ever to travel to The Ivy by National Express coach.

©2013 Nige Tassell (P)2013 Ausible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Mr Gig is a sweet and tender paean to a very particular lost love, the live gig, and a wise and witty account of how one man set about rekindling that youthful romance" (Stuart Maconie, radio DJ, author and TV presenter)

"Written with enthusiasm and nostalgic curiosity, Mr Gig is an affectionate celebration of live music in all its forms" (James Fearnley from The Pogues)

"Mr Gig perfectly captures what it’s like to become a hopeless live music addict: the anticipation, the expense, the social ineptitude, the adrenalin and the utter, unexplainable elation of it all" (Steve Lamacq, DJ)

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    9/15/13
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    If you could sum up Mr. Gig in three words, what would they be?

    simply the best


    What does Ben Elliot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Beautiful pacing, warmth, the chance to remember, the chance to dream


    Any additional comments?

    Listened to Ben Elliot reading Mr Gig. It is stunning.Its the most wonderful exploration of live music in UK, different types of venue, festivals, music etc.
    As a live music lover, I was inspired, educated and enthralled by this most fantastic of books about contemporary music.
    Listening to this book made my world a better place.You cannot ask for more. Thanks to author and reader.
    Do yourselves a favour and get it. And recover/restore/reinvigorate your love of music, live.

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