Bye Bye Baby: My Tragic Love Affair with The Bay City Rollers

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Feb 10, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Funny, poignant, and totally original--this story of one girl's love affair with the Bay City Rollers is a brilliant portrait of an era.

'I loved them desperately. For four years I lived for them. It's not a pretty story.'

Bye, Bye Baby is the true tale of a passionate obsession with possibly the most untalented bunch of musicians in the history of rock and roll. Even in their heyday, Leslie, Eric, Woody, Alan, and Derek of the Bay City Rollers were hideously uncool among everyone but fourteen-year-old girls. Their tartan knickerbockers and striped socks were sneered at, while their feeble teenybopper music was ridiculed.

And yet for Caroline Sullivan, a teenager in suburban New Jersey, these pasty-faced Scottish youths ruled her heart. Over four hot summers from 1975 to 1979, Sullivan and her band of lust-crazed friends, the Tacky Tartan Tarts, crisscrossed the United States in the Rollers' wake, staking out airports and hotels, tricking airline clerks and wheedling information out of bodyguards and PR companies-all in pursuit of that one big night.

Bye Bye Baby is a confessional memoir that invites the reader into some of Sullivan's most excruciatingly embarrassing moments. More than just an uproarious tale of teenage passion and teen-adulation, it is also an inspired exploration of the intimate bonds that tie teenage girls.

 

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Sullivan, a noted rock critic for the London Guardian, bares a side of herself that most rock journalists wouldn't dare: she was a fan of the 1970s Scottish pop quintet the Bay City Rollers of ... Read full review

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A NOTE ON THE AUTHOR
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About the author (2001)

Caroline Sullivan was born in Millburn, New Jersey. After moving to London in 1982 she wrote for Melody Maker and The Times. She became rock critic at the Guardian in 1993.

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