Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The Impossible Dream: The Story of Scott Walker & The Walker Brothres by Anthony Reynolds
For the Scott Walker fan, this is one amazing book. For one, it focuses on the Walker Brothers years - which is early 60's to late 70's. And it does deal with the Scott solo albums of that period. Saying that this is a well-written biography of a band who was always not part of their time.
Three guys from California who decided to make fame and art in swinging 60's London. At one moment they were as huge as the Beatles, but even with that, they stood strangely from the pack. While everyone was tripping out on the merits of the Rubber Soul, Scott was getting into Jack Jones!
Scott at this time was obsessed with Foreign films, classical music, jazz, and....of course Jack Jones. He was very much of a man who was not part of his times - and to this day he is either not with the generation thing or apart from it. Yet him and his music is way ahead of almost everyone in the music world.
This is a beautifully designed book, and Reynolds did a really good job on The Walker Brothers legend. And of course since reading this book I have been spending a lot of time listening to old Walker Bros. albums, but the ones that stay with me are the Scott solo work. And his last two albums are brilliant