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Motez Bishara

Motez Bishara

England, United Kingdom

Motez Bishara is a CNN, ESPN, The National and Al Jazeera journalist and author whose readership of millions stretches across the globe. His up-close-and-personal style of feature writing earned him the 2017 Drum Online Media Award for Best Freelance Writer.

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Bishara’s first release Beating the NBA: Tales From a Frugal Fan was critically acclaimed as a “must read”, “incredibly interesting” and “thoroughly enjoyable” by Kirkus Reviews. He has been featured on NPR and appeared on dozens of radio stations as a sports analyst. Bishara also serves as an adjunct professor of journalism at the Gulf University for Science and Technology.

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If Athletes Who Rock! hits 500 pre-orders by Thursday 5 September 2019 4 P.M. UTC, then it will be pitched to 38 traditional publishers when the campaign ends. If Athletes Who Rock! hits 250 pre-orders by Thursday 5 September 2019 4 P.M. UTC, then it will be pitched to 28 hybrid publishers when the campaign ends. If Athletes Who Rock! hits 500 pre-orders by Thursday 5 September 2019 4 P.M. UTC, then it will be pitched to 95 publishers when the campaign ends.
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Athletes Who Rock!

Achieving Stardom in Music and Sports Over Just One Lifetime

Most kids’ visions of becoming professional athletes or rock stars fade into adulthood. But one elite set of overachievers defied nearly impossible odds to turn both dreams into reality.

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Synopsis

Athletes Who Rock! is a collection of personal interviews with 15 extraordinary individuals who have lived out every kid’s fantasy -- becoming star athletes and popular musicians at the same time.

Revealing conversations with Bernie Williams, Rony Seikaly, Pat Nevin, Ray Barbee, Lyndsay Perry, Kyle Turley, Walter McCarty, Bronson Arroyo, Mark Butcher, Pat Burgener and more shed light on how to succeed at the highest levels of sports and music -- despite nearly impossible odds.

For these champions, the conviction to chase their dreams unhinged by the fear of failure or ridicule has created an unrivalled assembly of thrills.

They’ve dunked on Michael Jordan, and dribbled around Kevin Keegan, then spun records to thousands of revelers in Ibiza and millions on the radio.

They’ve shredded lead guitar at the Royal Albert Hall and Radio City Music Hall, after blasting home runs at Yankee Stadium and hitting a century for England.

They’ve beefed with A-Rod and taken over vocals with Pearl Jam, blocked the ferocious pass rushing of Michael Strahan and opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd.

They’ve won five World Series, participated in two Olympics, played in two NCAA Final Fours, been named to the NFL Pro Bowl, starred in an FA Cup Final and The Ashes.

Now they’re offering behind-the-scenes access into their worlds.

Beyond the banter in the locker rooms and recording studios, these intense competitors share eye-opening stories of challenges they’ve overcome on their twin paths to success.

Why support this book?

  • Untold stories: All the interviews uncover personal stories from these incredible subjects that their fan bases will be unfamiliar with. Along with sharing the highs of their careers, they include many behind-the-scenes struggles -- including battles with racism, head injuries, depression, broken homes, suicidal thoughts and even escaping civil war at a young age.
  • Social media buzz: Profiling celebrities active on social media has been an unplanned but welcome bonus to the promotion of this book. The 10 subjects interviewed so far have over 700,000 followers across Twitter and Instagram. Further potential subjects have considerably more followers online.
  • Book excerpts: Motez has a strong relationship with several key news outlets that have expressed interest in publishing his interviews. Motez has also been published in the well-regarded British soccer digest The Blizzard and the NBA-focused SLAM Magazine, which often run book excerpts from their contributors.
  • Broadcast: Motez has appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition (3-5 million listeners), which has expressed interest in having him discuss the book. He is also regularly featured on Love Sport Radio (UK) and SB Nation radio (US). Press Box Publicity, a US-based PR firm specializing in sports books, will be hired to book interviews and reviews on radio and print.

Similar titles

  • Rhythms of The Game, The Link Between Musical and Athletic Performance by Bernie Williams, Dave Gluck, Bob Thompson (2011, Hal Leonard Books). Bernie Williams -- who features chiefly in Athletes Who Rock! -- is a pioneer in highlighting the cross benefits of training to be a musician and athlete. Athletes Who Rock! Takes the analysis of Williams and his co-writers a few steps further by interviewing athletes who compete in a wide array of disciplines -- including board sports, whose links to punk rock
  • Songwriters on Songwriting by Paul Zollo (2003, Da Capo Press). The easy-to-read format of this excellent book, which involves an introductory feature on the subject before delving into Q&A, has been a great inspiration to the writing of Athletes Who Rock!
  • The Rolling Stone Interviews (2007, Back Bay Books / Wenner Media LLC) Rolling Stone Magazine’s interviews have served as a blueprint over the past five decades on establishing trust between the writer and subject, which result in engrossing interviews that captivate readers. The bar has been set high for Athletes Who Rock! to achieve the same level of reader engagement, and I strongly believe that it does.

Audience

Athletes Who Rock! will be the first book to profile an extended range of musician-athletes, with countless revelations from pros who flow seamlessly between both worlds. Audience demographic lies between those from the most popular American sports and music magazines, such as Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone. Their combined US readership is 70% male, with an average age of 36 and an average income of $63,500 (2016 figures). There is potential for significant international sales too, with European sports personalities in soccer, snowboarding and cricket already interviewed, and champions in tennis, skiing and motocross remaining on the target list.

Advance praise

Reviews of Bishara’s first book, Beating the NBA: Tales from a Frugal Fan:

“A must read … incredibly interesting … thoroughly enjoyable … the author’s love for the game of basketball and for bargain hunting is always apparent,” -- Kirkus Reviews, 2013.

“A very entertaining new book … it’s refreshing. He’s having fun, and you’ll have fun reading it, no question about that.” – Brad Kurtzberg, STN Sports Report, Cleveland.

“He really provides a message of hope.” – Elissa Walker Campbell, Yahoo Sports Radio.

“A fascinating book.” – Pat Williams, Orlando Magic Senior Vice President.

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Pat Nevin -- London, December 2017

If Pat Nevin had it his way, none of the revellers at any of his indie music DJ gigs would have a clue that he was, once upon a time, Chelsea FC’s two-time player of the year.

But everything changed back in 2010 after playing the late-night closing set at a seminal music festival on the coast of England.

With the who’s who of the British indie music scene in tow, the footballer-turned DJ and broadcaster hyped the crowd of thousands at the Bowlie 2 festival into a frenzy, then travelled 250 miles to cover the Manchester United vs. Arsenal match on the radio.

Surreptitiously working the game with a hoarse voice, Nevin was unware that the crowd had been tweeting about what a great job he had done.

“Suddenly, the secret was out,” the 54-year-old former winger tells me over a lengthy interview at Stamford Bridge, where he was scheduled to work a Champions League game for Chelsea TV.

Ironically, Nevin was equally as secretive years earlier when his football career took off.

Raised in the tough Easterhouse section of Glasgow, Nevin practiced dribbling and shooting skills every day with his father, a railwayman who studied the tactics of legendary Celtic coach Jock Stein.

When Nevin was signed by Celtic as a schoolboy, he saw no reason to tell his classmates, preferring to obsess over the vinyl records his brothers left around the house.

“I (was) more interested in people who liked music, absolutely,” he says.

One passion, it turned out, ignited a career in the other.

At age 16, Celtic dropped Nevin for being “too small,” so he turned to a local boy’s club instead. That’s where a teammate bet him on who score the more dramatic goal – with the loser buying the winner the album of his choice.

“In that exact moment my entire life changed, because I beat about five players and scored a goal,” Nevin recalls. “I won the bet and got the album.” (It was a Genesis double album, Nevin giggles.)

He also won a contract from the opposing coach of Scottish League club Clyde.

Soon after, Nevin told his girlfriend, “a big Bowie fan,” that he needed time apart to study for exams, which was true.

“What I didn’t tell her is that I was going to play for Scotland Under 18s at the European championships,” he adds. “I then made the mistake of not only playing well, but winning the tournament, getting player of the tournament and being on all these banner headlines in all these newspapers back in Scotland.

Once home, Nevin had some explaining to do.

“We win the final, and I came back to take the exams,” he recalls.  “I took her out the next night so I made up for it.”

Still, it seems incredible that young Pat would not have flaunted his footballing career to impress his classmates.

“I’ve worked in this industry a long time, (both) on the outside and within it, and I do see that once a lot of people retire, they’re divorced within a year or two,” he explains.

“They married a footballer, they didn’t marry a person. I wanted to have someone who liked me because of the person I was.  And football was what I did, not who I was.”

It was a remarkably mature way for a teenager to think, but that was Nevin, always the intellectual, and never one to be pigeonholed.

His vision proved fruitful, as he remains married to his wife of over 25 years Annabel. The two have done a remarkable job of raising their children Simon, 26, and Lucy, 22, a former Scottish badminton champion now in her fifth year at medical school.

--- “Nobody knew I was a footballer. Why should they?” ---

Like his children, many of those bopping away at the “Scared to Dance” indie nights in London’s East End were born well after Nevin scored the FA Cup semi-final winner for Everton in 1989, one of the highlights of his 20-year career.

Back then music enthusiasts stuck to what they loved, and football fans did the same, he says. The dichotomy allowed Nevin to keep his apprenticeship with legendary BBC DJ John Peel quiet from his Chelsea teammates, and his fame on the pitch away from the BBC staffers.

“Nobody knew (that I was a footballer). Why should they?” he asks. “I was doing it for the love of it.”

Nevin’s cover was blown, however, when it came time to sign his second contract with Chelsea. A preseason exhibition match interfered with his plans to watch his beloved Cocteau Twins at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

“I obviously couldn’t go see the gig if I played for Chelsea,” Nevin says.

Just before signing the contract, however, he audaciously asked for a stipulation to leave the match at halftime to watch the show.

“You could see the exasperation on their faces as if I was going to ask for an extra £200 a week or whatever,” he recalls. “The manager was furious.”

“I walked off at halftime to go and see a gig, and I thought that was perfectly reasonable,” Nevin says, a little more aware of the absurdity of it all.

“I just put my clothes on above my kit. I didn’t have a shower because I was late. I zoomed in at the start of the gig and never missed a moment.”

The feature is then followed by a 2,000 - 3,000 word edited Q&A interview. 


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  • Lee Constantine
    on Dec. 4, 2017, 11:47 p.m.

    Love this book idea. Can't wait to read it when it's ready! Good luck!

  • Diana Magnay
    on Dec. 5, 2017, 12:53 p.m.

    You’ll rock it; can’t wait to read it :)