Mark Radcliffe to tour new book, Reelin’ in the Years: The Soundtrack of a Northern Life
When David Bowie implores the public to indulge in thieving, you know it must be for a very good reason. His call to serious felony was raised on the publication of Mark Radcliffe’s Thank You for the Days: A Boy’s Own Adventure in Radio and Beyond, in which the stalwart BBC broadcaster recalls his rise through the ranks from working with Mark ‘Lard’ Riley in their iconic pre-‘graveyard slot’ show through to the ill-fated period taking over from Chris Evans in the morning to the more sober slots he now has on Radio 2 and 6 Music.
Along the way he reported on the starry encounters with Kate Bush (she fed him cheese flan), Mick Jagger (who stood on tippy toes for a photo to exaggerate his ‘height’) and the aforementioned Mr Jones (once he’d left the room, Radcliffe claimed to have taken a photo of the Thin White Duke’s sandwich). All of it is done in an honest, amiable, intelligent and northern manner.
Now, Radcliffe is back on the book tour trail to publicise Reelin’ in the Years: The Soundtrack of a Northern Life. Here, he reflects on his 52 years on the planet, choosing a single song released in each of them, using it to pull in memories and reflections of British music, fashion, trends and culture across a half century. Among his choices are tracks from the Kinks, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, The Prodigy, Elbow and Fleet Foxes. Strangely, though, there’s nothing from The Shirehorses.
Waterstone’s, Edinburgh, Sat 21 May.