No Regrets

Writings On Scott Walker

by Rob Young

No Regrets

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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, and his impeccable critical reputation as a serious and uncompromising musician has never been under question. 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 forty 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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How do you write a book about a musician who, until very recently, only gave interviews, oh, every 10 years? And, perhaps more unhelpfully, whose work regularly defies standards even as he sings them? No Regrets: Writings on Scott Walker collects a chronological series of essays commissioned by The Wire about the enigmatic musician, picking apart and making connections from old interviews, friends and band mates, and, most of all, Walker's ever-evolving and intensely

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