Adventures of a Waterboy (Remastered)

Adventures of a Waterboy (Remastered)

by Mike Scott


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"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 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. This remastered edition adds ten "extra scenes" written and handpicked by Scott, plus a selection of rare images not included in the original book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781911036357
Publisher: Outline Press, Limited
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 572,109
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mike Scott was born in Edinburgh and has led The Waterboys since 1983, during which time he has achieved widespread success with albums including This Is The Sea, Fisherman's Blues, Room To Roam and An Appointment With Mr Yeats. He continues to push musical boundaries and tours regularly with new and reconfigured versions of his legendary band.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Music in the Head 4

Chapter 2 The Realm of the Teenage Band 13

Chapter 3 Where's That Scottish Boy? 22

Chapter 4 A Friend Called Z 33

Chapter 5 The Black Book and the Moon 52

Chapter 6 Don't Forget to Get On the Bus 60

Chapter 7 You Guys are the Whizz! 81

Chapter 8 The Power of the Music Gives Everybody Wings 103

Chapter 9 Go Slowly and You Might See Something 115

Chapter 10 Mansion of Music 132

Chapter 11 Sharon Has a Tune For Every Beat of Her Heart 147

Chapter 12 Like a House of Cards Collapsing 163

Chapter 13 A Walk in the Lake Shrine 175

Chapter 14 Lockdown in the Big Apple 191

Chapter 15 The Philosophy Room 204

Chapter 16 Some Kind of Pop Star Living Up at Cluny 219

Chapter 17 My Wanderings in the Weary Land 235

Chapter 18 A Man With a Fiddle and a Dog at Number 12A 255

Chapter 19 Hoop Dancing 265

Appendix 1 Other Scenes 288

Appendix 2 Visions of Strawberry Fields 310

Appendix 3 Notes 323

Index 338

Acknowledgements 344

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