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Scott Walker: The Rhymes of Goodbye Paperback – 1 Jun 2006


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Plexus Publishing Ltd; 1st ed. edition (1 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859653951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859653954
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.1 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 762,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Rhymes of Goodbye" is a track by track commentary in the tradition of "Revolution In The Head", that encompasses Scott Walker's entire career from the first "Walker Brothers" single up to his much anticipated 2006 album, "The Drift". Featuring an informed guide to Walker's exceptional and esoteric lyricism and providing an insightful analysis that will delight his legions of fans, lifelong fan, Lewis Williams presents a wealth of engaging information about an artist who has been described as the most enigmatic singer of modern times. Divided into five sections that correspond to the distinct phases of Walker's recording career, this book covers the Walker Brothers' glory years - when Scott, John and Gary Walker enjoyed the same level of popularity as The Beatles, Scott's return to the public eye as a solo artist during 1967-70, his 'lost albums' of the early 1970s, the Walker Brothers reunion and the success of 'No Regrets', and his eighties forays into experimentalism and soundtracks. Additionally, obscurities such as rare live tracks by the Walker Brothers and recordings from the Scott Walker BBC TV show are explored in an insightful and fascinating manner.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Harry M on 24 July 2006
Through his painstaking critical analysis of Scott Walker's eclectic recording career, Lewis Williams has succeeded in peeling back the many complex layers of his subject's personality to reveal fresh perspectives on this most unique of artists.

The sheer breadth and diversity of Walker's four decades on vinyl is engagingly explored to create a catalogue of songs that is far more than a recountment of dates and facts. By exploring the varying themes and modes of lyrical expression utilised by Scott Walker, Lewis Williams presents a series of snapshots of the artist as a man, viewed through the multi-faceted prism of his work. Despite his obvious admiration for his subject, the author repeatedly brings trenchant objectivity to bear in a series of analyses that are as enjoyable as they are insightful.

'The Rhymes of Goodbye' is a fitting tribute to a unique artist.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Gaines VINE VOICE on 28 Jun. 2006
If you come to Lewis Williams book expecting a biographical compilation of Scott Walker's life you'll have to wait until someone, hopefully Scott himself, writes the definitive bio. Williams takes the reader through Walkers recorded history with a track by track commentary that does justice to his recorded legacy.

His writting is not as complex and in depth as I would have enjoyed but with very little available to Walker aficenados it's quite good.

While many lack having any knowledge of Walkers work, William's "Rhymes of Goodbye" is a great companion to accompany one as you listen to his vast body of artistic pefection.

Covers his work from the begining through "Drift"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ted Maul VINE VOICE on 29 Sept. 2008
Given that there is a surprisingly low number of Scott Walker-related books,this should be recommended to most Scott-fans.Admittedly those expecting something on the level of Revolution in the Head: "Beatles" Records and the Sixties may be disappointed,as this doesn't feature the same level of musicological analysis.This book is in fact a witty,easy read which most fans of Scott Walker will enjoy.At times the opinions expressed by the author are somewhat difficult to agree with,for me at least (a good example being criticizing the peerless Tilt for it's "forced humour" but claiming that the 'jokes' in The Drift are seamless) but it's never less than interesting.Buy it,but don't expect anything too deep.
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