Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Unknown Legends: An Oxymoron?

I have been reading Richie Unterberger's 1998 book, Unknown Legends of Rock & Roll. It's a great book, and I wonder if it will be updated to reflect some of the changes that have taken place, particularly this year (the author devotes sections of one chapter to Syd Barrett and Arthur Lee). In the same chapter, "Mad Geniuses and Eccentric Recluses", Unterberger complains about the difficulty of getting an interview with Scott Walker:
Walker never speaks to the press unless he has a new album out. Which, these days, is a once-a-decade or so event. There was an eleven-year gap between his last two albums, Tilt (1995) and Climate of Hunter (1984). Would I have to wait until 2006?

As it turns out, yes! The latest Scott Walker record came out this very year, as if on schedule. Unterberger probably has a call in to 4AD right now. Visit his website, and keep an eye out for his new book, The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film (due in October, 2006).


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