Touchstones: Rugby League, Rock 'n' Roll, the Road and Me
In early 2016, Steve Mascord set out on a quest: 52 games and 52 gigs in a year. He'd document the adventure, the characters and controversies, highlights such as Axl Rose fronting AC/DC and Cronulla winning their first premiership, combine it all with his edgy opinions, and turn it into a book. It became a journey of self-discovery. Steve was an adopted child and a boy with no direction until he found journalism. Why then do the things that matter most to him today relate to things that captivated him in his youth? This question becomes a quandary when he is suddenly introduced to his birth family, to his own bloodline. Old venues, heroes and landmarks that mattered to him when he was a kid...these are what Steve calls Touchstones; they fuel his writing and unconventional lifestyle. Alongside a new perspective that comes with meeting a mother and sister he never knew, they have inspired a book like no other, one that will intrigue and excite fans of rock'n'rugby league in equal measure.
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.