Submitted by Junior Wells on 1 May 2013 - 5:49pm
A full history of the life of Mike Scott up to the Weary Rock album: The Waterboys, spirituality and the bizness . Unusually for me, I wasn't that familiar with the Waterboys stuff when I bought this book. - different interests when they were big but i saw them recently and bought the book at the gig. Having read Neil Young and Pete Townshend's book I was jaded with rock stars and their indulgent lives.Mike's book is well written and he comes across as a pretty decent bloke you can imagine being good company and would actually take an interest in you. I found refreshing his love of performance with other musicians - the time in Ireland filled me with envy :good craic. For Waterboys fans there is lots and lots about the making of their/ his records. As he admits, he certainly seems to have had a capricious attiude to success in the business with his his abrupt turns in search of his muse but he accepts the downturns with good grace and perceptive candour.
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Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
Rock bios with as bit more self awareness .Rock auto bios where the writer can actually write , though like his lyrics he can be bit over wordy. For lovers of the Waterboys it's essential.
One thing you've learned:
One thing i didn't learn is why he toured America with a whole new band after his Australian tour using Steve Wickham and the gang. The relationship with Steve Wickham is,as he describes it in one passage, almost a case of ove and his observations of Steve recovering from a dark and difficult time were impressive given the apparent self obsession of most 'rock stars'.