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Scott Walker - The Rhymes of Goodbye by Lewis Williams was published by Plexus, London, in 2006.

"The Rhymes of Goodbye is a track by track commentary in the tradition of Revolution in the Head, that encompasses Scott Walker's entire career from the first Walker Brothers' single up to and including his much anticipated 2006 album, The Drift. Featuring an informed guide to Walker's exceptional and esoteric lyricism and providing an insightful analysis will delight his legions of fans, lifelong fan Lewis Williams presents a wealth of engaging information about an artist who has been described as the most enigmatic singer of modern times. Divided into five sections that correspond to the distinct phases of Walker's recording career, this book covers the Walker Brothers' glory years - when Scott, John and Gary Walker enjoyed the same level of popularity as The Beatles, Scott's return to the public eye as a solo artist during 1967-70, his 'lost albums' of the early 1970s, the Walker Brothers reunion and the success of 'No Regrets', and his latter-day forays into experimentalism and soundtracks.  Additionally, obscurities such as rare live tracks by the Walker Brothers and recordings from the Scott Walker BBC TV show are explored in an insightful and fascinating manner."

Book Excerpts

The 2006 'blurb'

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