Mike Scott: A Waterboy's Adventures in Music

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(Book). "I was six or seven when I noticed the music in my head. It was there in the classroom, on the football pitch, at the dinner table, when I went to sleep and when I woke up. And it's continued ever since." As a teenager in Scotland, Mike Scott played in punk and garage bands, hitchhiked to see Bob Dylan play, and scammed his way into Patti Smith's inner circle during an eye-opening weekend in London. In 1983 he formed The Waterboys with an ever-rotating cast of collaborators including The Fellow Who Fiddles (Steve Wickham) and The Human

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Adventures of a Waterboy

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(Book). "I was six or seven when I noticed the music in my head. It was there in the classroom, on the football pitch, at the dinner table, when I went to sleep and when I woke up. And it's continued ever since." As a teenager in Scotland, Mike Scott played in punk and garage bands, hitchhiked to see Bob Dylan play, and scammed his way into Patti Smith's inner circle during an eye-opening weekend in London. In 1983 he formed The Waterboys with an ever-rotating cast of collaborators including The Fellow Who Fiddles (Steve Wickham) and The Human Saxophone (Anthony Thistlethwaite) and soon found international success with the "big music" sound of songs like "Don't Bang the Drum" and "The Whole of the Moon". In 1986 Scott travelled to Ireland to spend a week with Wickham and ended up staying for six years. During that time he developed a deep interest in roots and folk music, resulting in The Waterboys' best-selling album, Fisherman's Blues . After scaling the heights of success and moving the band to New York, he followed another fascination and went to live in the Findhorn spiritual community in Northern Scotland. Adventures of a Waterboy is an evocative, eye-opening memoir by one of the great British songwriters of the past four decades. It is an honest and revealing work, by turns heartfelt and funny, that tells the story of a cocky Scot with a sound in his head and his lifelong efforts to reproduce that sound a story that runs from teenage fandom to international stardom, from Scotland to New York City and beyond.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908279248
  • Publisher: Outline Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/5/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 705,783
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Music in the Head 17

Chapter 2 The Realm of the Teenage Band 26

Chapter 3 Where's that Scottish Boy? 35

Chapter 4 A Friend Called 46

Chapter 5 The Black Book and the Moon 65

Chapter 6 Don't Forget to Get On the Bus 73

Chapter 7 You Guys are the Whizz! 94

Chapter 8 The Power of the Music Gives Everybody Wings 116

Chapter 9 Go Slowly and you Might See Something 128

Chapter 10 Mansion of Music 145

Chapter 11 Sharon has a Tune for Every Beat of her Heart 160

Chapter 12 Like a House of Cards Collapsing 176

Chapter 13 A Walk in the Lake Shrine 169

Chapter 14 Lockdown in the Big Apple 205

Chapter 15 The Philosophy Room 218

Chapter 16 Some Kind of Pop Star Living up at Cluny 233

Chapter 17 My Wanderings in the Weary Land 250

Chapter 18 A Man With a Fiddle and a Dog at Number 12A 270

Chapter 19 Hoop Dancing 280

Appendix 1 Notes 298

Appendix 2 Visions of Strawberry Fields 319

Index 329

Acknowledgements 333

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