Nige Tassell first wrote about sport when, in his one and only episode of academic dissent, he abandoned his primary school project on the local police force and embarked on one about the North American Soccer League instead. His first teetering steps towards a career in music journalism followed a few years later with an embarrassingly pretentious O-level essay on the lyrics of The Teardrop Explodes album Wilder.
Since then, he’s written – more convincingly, he hopes – about sport and popular culture for a range of publications, including The Guardian, The Word, The Sunday Times, Esquire, Q, FourFourTwo, The Independent, New Statesman and the Times Literary Supplement. He has also written and presented music documentaries for BBC Radio 4. Over the years, several hundred public figures have been exposed to his shambling interviewing technique, from comedians to cricketers, punk rockers to World Cup winners.
Nige’s books include Mr Gig: One Man’s Search For The Soul Of Live Music, The Bottom Corner: A Season With The Dreamers Of Non-League Football and Three Weeks, Eight Seconds: The Epic Tour De France Of 1989. His next book, Butch Wilkins and the Sundance Kid, about his teenage obsession with watching sport on TV, will be published by Arena in 2018.
Books by Nige Tassell
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