By Paul Woods
The arrival of the Walker Brothers in Britain in the mid-sixties marked the first sighting of a long-haired American rock group for many UK fans. The Walker's deep voiced romantic ballads brought the trio several hits, but Scott Walker was always the standout member.
His voice and looks made him a natural focus and it was no surprise when he emerged as a solo performer... although almost everything else about his subsequent career was a surprise.
In championing the passionate songs of Belgian chansonnier Jacques Brel, Scott Walker signalled his more serious side. After that he treated music as a limitless canvas and used it to explore many aspects of human existence in an unpredictable series of albums.
Author Paul Woods examines how the celebrated vocal range and philosophical concerns of Noel Scott Engel - aka Scott Walker - continue to challenge the accepted territory and subject matter of popular music.
Publication Date: 25.02.13
Extent: 376 pages
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