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Steve Lamacq 'Going Deaf For A Living'

DJ and journalist Steve Lamacq celebrates 30 plus years in the music industry with a new, intimate one man show full of anecdotes and observations, clocked up over three decades of championing new music and interviewing Rock & Roll’s Great & The Good.

Since swapping his fanzine for a job at the New Musical Express in 1987, the music obsessive has seen more than 5,000 gigs, banged on endlessly about music he’s found (as his friends and colleagues will dolefully testify) and occasionally been coerced into manning a band’s merch stand.

But Going Deaf For A Living isn’t just his story; it’s a fond exploration of the life of all music fans from the first record you buy to the best gig you’ve ever seen; what makes us love the bands we follow; and how knowing the catalogue numbers of the Rough Trade record label won’t necessarily win you friends at dinner parties.

Expect frontline stories from his NME days (including the lunchtime spent interviewing Nirvana in a Shepherds Bush B&B in 1990) and about life at Radio 1 and BBC 6Music, where, over 20 years he’s booked sessions for numerous Next Big Things; interviewed Noel Gallagher 17 times; and, in 2013, was awarded the prestigious radio gong, the Sony Lifetime Achievement Award.

There’s backstage stories from Glastonbury; early demos from a selection of future Top 10 acts; and the current list of the Ten Things Bands Will Definitely Do To Let You Down.

Going Deaf For A Living is irreverent, heartfelt and occasionally makes some good points about people’s lyrics.

It ties in with the release of a new 4CD compilation box set ‘Lost Alternatives’, curated by Lamacq and released in late March. And the republication of his book Going Deaf For A Living, updated and unleashed by Omnibus Press in April