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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409102734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409102731
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,239,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The author is blissfully quotable . . . [Young's] book throws plenty of lightning, and it will have you scrambling to download some of the music that’s filling his head.” —New York Times on Electric Eden


"Young weaves a poetic, philosophical tapestry as rich and heady as the songs he champions."  —A.V. Club on Electric Eden
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Rob Young is a former editor of the Wire magazine and is the author of Electric Eden:
Unearthing England's Visionary Music
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason from Iowa on February 9, 2013
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This book is a collection of essays, in chronological order, about Scott Walker. There are also 2 interviews with him. Very very few stones are left unturned, and I was surprised and pleased to see one of the essays delves deep into his 'lost' years between Scott 4 and Nite Flights, an era which is often summarized with a paragraph. With the essays written by different people, each one had different ambitions to focus on and I think this multifaceted approach really works for Scott and his music. Honestly I'm not a great reviewer - usually I see a review on a product that says exactly what I was going to say, but I saw this had ZERO reviews and I had to comment. It is a great book! If you want good writing on Walker and his music that goes rather deep, not just into the music but what it means in the larger context of popular music, you should buy it!
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NO REGRETS: Writings on Scott Walker is a collection of 14 papers on various aspects of the singer's career, edited with an introduction by Rob Young of The Wire, a magazine which has done more to champion Walker's later career than any other. NO REGRETS covers Walker's ouput from his mid-1960s music with the Walker Brothers to his 2006 album THE DRIFT. Walker's early career as a teen idol is mentioned in passing in Young's introduction, but not explored in detail. The collection was published in early 2012 and just missed the opportunity to discuss his most recent album BISH BOSCH.

For the most part, each paper covers a different set of albums. Anthony Reynolds writes on the Walker Brothers era. Nina Power talks about the SCOTT and SCOTT 2 albums, while Derek Walmsley treats SCOTT 3 and SCOTT 4. Ian Penman surveys the TV series album, 'TIL THE BAND COMES IN and THE MOVIEGOER. Walker's mid-1970s forays in country music are recognized as a creative black hole in his career, but Amanda Perusich finds value in the albums ANY DAY NOW, STRETCH and WE HAD IT ALLL.

Biba Kopf covers in a single chapter the entire Walker Brothers reunion, which produced the albums NO REGRETS, LINE and NITE FLIGHTS, only the latter of which is of lasting value due to Scott Walker's four contributions that announced a new avant-garde sensibility. Damon Krukowski tries to decipher the surrealistic lyrics of CLIMATE OF HUNTER. It was in the 1990s that late-period Scott Walker started to get more press coverage, and so the album TILT is discussed in two contributions. One is Brian Morton's paper "The Significant Other", while the other is Richard Cook's 1995 interview with Scott Walker, originally published in The Wire.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James J. Omeara on February 17, 2014
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Even if my review at the Counter-Currents blog hasn't convinced you that Scott Walker is the ultimate White musician and worthy of your attention for that reason alone, this book will appeal to anyone with an interest in the mechanics of the post-war pop music industry or just some damned fine cultural writing. It’s really quite exciting to see such implicitly White music, both avant garde and MOR, receiving serious critical attention. White Nationalists should be heartened by it, and should encourage this unexpected entry point into the mainstream by purchasing multiple copies for family and friends!
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