Présentation de l'éditeur
Longtime Coldplay roadie Matt has taken almost every step with the band over a decade of world tours and 40 million (and counting) record sales. In this, his first book, he reveals what life is like behind the scenes at the pinnacle of rock n roll touring. As Coldplay move from club gigs to arenas and stadiums worldwide, Matt goes with them; faking it as a band member on US chat shows, flirting with Kylie, saving a life on a French motorway and even pitching in with the odd guitar riff in the studio. With a foreword from the band and exclusive photography by bassist Guy Berryman, Roadie provides the definitive, fascinating and often hilarious glimpse of backstage life. Tales of hurricanes and heat waves, helicopter chases and private jets, plectrum hunters and projectiles all come together as Matt in his own unique way tries to explain why, regardless of the mountain (and gear) to move, the show must always, always go on.
Biographie de l'auteur
Matt McGinn was born in rural South Devon in 1965 where he lived until his family moved to London five years later. A music fan from an early age, Matt played drums as a small child but switched to electric guitar at age 10 and fell immediately in love with it. His first gig as a punter was The Kinks at The Rainbow, Finsbury Park in 1972, followed by The Clash at London's Lyceum Ballroom in late 78. Not long after, Matt formed a band with some lads at the school tuck shop and promptly lost interest in most lessons, leaving for London in 1984 where a life of odd jobs, bands and the dole awaited. More than a decade later, he found himself thanks to a random break from a mate roadieing for Sunderland band Kenickie, a post which, via various twists and turns, led him to Coldplay. Matt is currently the only full-time backline technician employed by the band during studio sessions and works as part of the core team on the road, where he has concentrated on looking after lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at almost every show since 2000. He was present during recording of the last two albums and has circled the globe more times than he cares to remember.