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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Jawbone Press (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908279249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908279248
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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He read it from cover to cover in a few days.
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Mike's story is a great critque of a time period and a personal adventure through that time period.
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This is an excellent read for any fan of his music.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dolphin on August 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was a gift from an Irish friend who sent me the hard-back version with the orange-y cover. Apparently Jawbone are publishing a UK paperback version in August; trusting that there is no material difference between the two issues (other than the cover), I have written my review for anyone who is considering buying this book.

When I read that Mike Scott was going to publish his autobiography, I was intrigued. As well as being one of my favourite musicians, his refusal to play the media game has made him a figure of mystery and unexplained contradictions. Also, rock star memoirs tend to be a very mixed bunch, but it's not often that we get the straight goods from the pen of the concerned individual and, as in this case, from someone who seems born to write.

This book is a fascinating read. The style is charming: introspective, intense, lyrical, humorous, self-deprecating but with a kind of proud integrity. The structure is intriguing: each chapter begins with a flash-back in the present tense. Imagine flipping through a photo album, looking at a snapshot (or perhaps a short video-clip) of a particular occasion and then reading about the circumstances surrounding it. This is not a continuous narrative and each episode is deliberately selected but I felt Mike did not shy away from prickly subjects, such as the logistics of taking a band on the road, the difficult decisions he had to make involving contracts, other band members, managers, booking agents, musical choices. It's amazing to see how much influence some of these support players have on the success of a musical release.

I really enjoyed the glimpse we are given into the passion which drives the music, often to the obliteration of everything else.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jill on January 23, 2013
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Reaching above and beyond what usually passes as "rock autobiography", this beautifully realized memoir by Mike Scott is as lyrical, fearless, intelligent, passionate, literate, creative, original and heartfelt as his songwriting, and that's saying something. Extraordinary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DavidH on October 24, 2012
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Mike has proven, in the authorship of this autobiography that, not only is he a great lyricist and poet, he is also a great writer of prose and tells a wonderfull story in a wonderfull way.
This book was a joy to read and extremely easy to get lost in.
It follows Mike's adventures as a Waterboy from his childhood in Edinburgh and Ayr onto the origins of the Waterboys in Edinburgh in the late 70's through to the reconveneing with Steve Wickham in the two thousands.
As a fellow Scot of a similar age and similar musical tastes, it was like a trip down memory lane. Mike's story is a great critque of a time period and a personal adventure through that time period.
You really do not need to be a fan (although I am one of their biggest) to trully enjoy the story.
I cannot wait to witness and read the continuation of the story.
My favorite book this year and my favorite memoir of all time
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Lewis on January 16, 2013
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Would recommend for Waterboy fans everywhere.
Great insight to This Is the Sea and Fisherman Blues albums.
Please read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rod Ryan on January 3, 2013
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Mike Scott, Mr. Waterboy tells it like it was. I found the book easy to read and really informative about the evolution of a band that made a real difference to me during their time. However given the recent release of the book I found the time gap between 10 years ago and now ( not covered in the book ) a bit annoying at the end.
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By Essasans on July 8, 2014
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wonderful band.
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By Amazon Customer on May 31, 2014
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Loved it, and not just because I am a Waterboys fan. It is uplifting and heartwarming, something anybody will enjoy.
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By applewood on September 19, 2013
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Mike Scott tells an engaging tale of his rise and fall, and the ongoing tides (the enduring dedication to the "music in his head") of being a Waterboy. From his youthful punk rock roots in the mid 70's of Lowland Scotland to his revival of the folk/rock Waterboys at the turning of the 21st century this is a delightfully well told, paced and detailed tale. At times poignant and naked, and at others laugh-out-loud hilarious, it is always told with heart, and a search for an honesty of feeling, of aspiration and direction. In this way it is not a tell-all of life as rock star kind of book, as much as an account of a man possessed by his muse and fumbling towards awakening as a human being.

A naturally gifted story teller Scott balances the past, present and future (musically and personally), in a way that tells a story that is simultaneously personal and transpersonal, entertaining and instructive. Once I started the book I couldn't put it down, and it left me with my own heart feeling open and refreshed. I didn't expect this, and when I look into Scott's bio a little more after finishing the book I discover we share the same birthday - year, month and day. Obviously there are many others born that day, but I've never met one or known any by name before.

So, this is a must read for Waterboys fans, but also for anyone wanting a good tale of life as a musician following their muse. It is also a finely published high quality edition. My only regret is it ended too soon. It leaves me wanting to know more, listen to more, and share more of his ongoing journey. I can't wait to see him in a couple of weeks perform their Appointment with Yeats music - at least to my heart and ears the best Waterboys music they've created yet.
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