- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd; First Edition, First Impression edition (7 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844548155
- ISBN-13: 978-1844548156
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 711,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Walker Brothers - No Regrets Hardcover – 7 Sep 2009
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About the Author
Gary Leeds was born in Glendale, California on 9 March 1942. His only youthful ambition was to be a pilot and fly. His other passion was playing the drums, which led to fame with The Walker Brothers. He has been married for thirty years to Barbara, has a son Michael, and lives in England. John Maus was the founder member of The Walker Brothers and still tours today. He has a record label, publishing company and operates a recording studio. He lives in California with his wife Cynthia and between them they have three children and three grandchildren.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is a fascinating read, particularly the section on their arrival in London early in 1965. Three young naive Californians, landing in a freezing country, with inadequate clothing and no place to stay. Their early hardships of cold and hunger are described well and make you feel they deserved a well earned success.
It sounds like they coped well with the Pop Mafia who controlled the pop industry in those days, at least at the time, but eventually it was the same old story of remuneration and royalties never arriving, court cases etc. None of the Walkers ever received the huge sums they had earned. However, all the way through they mostly stick to the facts and leave the reader to decide.
What would had enhanced this account is some mention of how they coped with the British culture and their early impressions of it. Especially in the 1960's, the contrast between British and American culture would have been especially stark and they must have found the British puzzling at times.
There are entertaining anecdotes all the way through e.g their sprints out of their car as fast as they could go down a seaside pier, their fans in hot pursuit, the police having lost control of them. As John was the longest legged and fastest runner, this earned him a nickname linked with his interest in dinosaurs.
Gary's reminiscences, in particular, are hilarious and had me rolling in the aisles.
John's account is very open and honest in certain areas, i.e.Read more ›
Also after finishing the book I was left wondering even more so than before as to what Gary's function within The Walker Brothers actually was. He didn't sing or play but recounts his dressing up as a gorilla and sitting in a cage reading a newspaper and scaring children. He sat in front of Scott when Scott was nervous about singing I Don't Wanna Hear It Anymore and more or less told him he could sing it. I mean even Ringo sang a tune or two and actually played the drums. Mickey Dolenz is practically Brian Wilson compared to Gary.Read more ›
This book is boring beyond belief. As to why various things happened, the name Walker Brothers, why Gary didnt play drums on the albums. Dont look in here because you wont find out.
It is a dull ramble of various people telling them they were great and them telling us how great they are themselves. Everything that went wrong starts with "Unfortunately"....then its Management's fault... Record companies fault, Agent's fault.....the medias fault... I was misquoted etc. It is never down to them.
I think the lack of any real sucess outwith The Walker Brothers tells it own story.
It certainly opened my eyes to a few things - blowing away the rose coloured glasses I had been naively wearing for 40+ years. Nevertheless, it did not detract from my devotion, which is as strong as ever.
The book is easy to read, written in an open and honest style. I can thoroughly recommend it to any Walker fans.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Better than I thought it would be! Although not the best written volume, the content makes up for it with various anecdotes peppered throughout. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mr. Peter J. Regelous
Big surprise. I ordered this not really expecting to read it, I just wanted to flick through and check a few details about their cars. Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2014 by Jeremy Mortimer, Mr.
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