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Touchstones: Rugby League, Rock 'n' Roll, The Road and Me
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Steve Mascord
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Touchstones: Rugby League, Rock 'n' Roll, The Road and Me

Steve Mascord





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Steve Mascord, born Andrew John Langley, was obsessed with rugby league and rock'n'roll.

He clung to these things like twin teddy bears, long after almost everyone he knew had let go, turning one of them into a career and making a bit of money out of the other. But he spent all his money on rugby league and rock'n'roll. At the age of 47, he owned precisely nothing, aside from hundreds of records and CDs and almost every edition of Rugby League Week ever printed.

He was unmarried, had no car or property, and was the proud owner of $50,000 of credit card debt. Then one day he discovered the truth about himself. He always knew he was adopted, but it turned out he was part of a bohemian family, his mother forced to give him up after suffering a mental breakdown. She searched for him until her dying day. Steve met uncles and cousins and aunties he never knew existed and for the first time in his life he felt loved and whole.

And he looked around that storage room full of CDs and football magazines and felt sad; a sense of loss. He appeared in newspapers and on radio and television. People thought he was successful, but had he really created a life for himself? Or was he living in a childhood fantasy, compensating for what had been missing, and was it ready to fall down on top of him as traditional media imploded?

Steve thought "Enough of being Steve Mascord!" Time, finally, to be Andrew John Langley. Having figuratively thrown all his toys out of the cot, he decided to conduct an audit - and decide which toys to pick up off the floor and keep in his new life, and which ones to leave laying there forever.

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By:   Steve Mascord
Imprint:   Macmillan
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   468g
ISBN:   9780994500830
ISBN 10:   0994500831
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   July 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Steve Mascord was a cadet journalist in the late 1980s with Australian Associated Press. In 1994, he joined the Sydney Morning Herald as a rugby league reporter while continuing to write freelance articles for a variety of music magazines. From 2006 to 2008, Steve was at the Daily Telegraph. Since then, he has worked largely on a freelance basis, contributing regularly to the Herald and to a variety of rock and league newspapers, magazines and websites based in Australia and the UK. For many years, Steve's voice has been heard on Australian radio during NRL seasons, primarily with Triple M and the ABC. Touchstones is his first book.

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