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Scott Walker was without parallel as an artist, acclaimed as an influence by David Bowie, Julian Cope, Marc Almond, Nick Cave and Jarvis Cocker. As lead vocalist of the Walker Brothers, his soulful baritone made him a major interpreter of heartbroken ballads. As a solo artist, the influence of balladeer Jacques Brel and existentialist literature took him to new depths of emotional expression on the albums Scott 1 - 4.

About The Rhymes of Goodbye and its author

Who was Scott Walker and why

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Then came years of obscurity as a covers artist, before his career took off on a unique trajectory – witnessed by his extreme contributions to the Walkers’ 1978 reunion album, Nite Flights, the opaque tone poems of the 1984’s Climate of Hunter, the bewilderingly brilliant 1995 Tilt, and the unrelenting psychic assault of 2006’s The Drift.

SW NEW COVER v2019.5 (small)

Published June 2019 by Plexus

Publishing Ltd, London

In this comprehensive illustrated volume, lifelong fan Lewis Williams charts this unique and enigmatic career song by song. From his 1960s heyday to his final release in 2018, every classic, every rarity and every obscurity ever recorded by Scott Walker is detailed with an obsessive enthusiasm that only he was able to inspire.


© Lewis Williams 2006, 2019-2024

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