No Regrets by Rob Young
Writings on Scott Walker

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This is heady stuff, but it gets to the heart of Walker's 60s persona, and perhaps also explains something of the coldness of the later work.
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A colourful collection of pieces on the enigmatic genius of Scott Walker from THE WIRE.

Scott Walker has travelled from teen idol to the outer limits of music. From 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More' reaching No.1, through to recordings of meat being punched on his last album, THE DRIFT, he somehow seems to have reached a passionate and committed fan base. Throughout his career, his impeccable critical reputation as a serious and uncompromising musician has never been questioned.

The recent film, 30TH CENTURY MAN, had a litany of stars queuing up to praise Walker: the likes of David Bowie, Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker, Radiohead, Johnny Marr and Sting. But despite this, in 40 years of music, there has yet to be a serious book on Scott Walker.

This collection, put together by Rob Young of THE WIRE magazine, features a handful of previously published articles and newly commissioned pieces, largely drawn from the orbit of THE WIRE's writers including Ian Penman, Chris Bohn and Rob Young.

 

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Rob Young is a former editor of The Wire magazine, and is author of a forthcoming book about Englishness and folk music, to be published by Faber this year.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Orion. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Brian Dillon on Jul 27 2012

This is heady stuff, but it gets to the heart of Walker's 60s persona, and perhaps also explains something of the coldness of the later work.

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