Walk-Don't Run - The Story of the Ventures

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Lulu.com, Jul 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 388 pages
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The definitive historic account of The Ventures, the world's number one instrumental group that had a worldwide smash hit in 1960 with "Walk-Don't Run." Their second biggest hit came nine years later with "Hawaii Five-0" but they didn't quit there, continuing non-stop on a fifty-year career of recording and touring towards America's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Co-authored by Josie Wilson, mother of founding member Don Wilson, the heavily illustrated book contains data for over 50 of the band's sixties recording sessions. Angel Editing comments; "The manuscript is extremely well written. You can see that a lot of time has been taken to convey the facts accurately and chronologically. What also comes across very well is the human and emotional side of the manuscript. This biography is a definite must for Ventures fans all over the world."
 

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Good Book...worth a read covers most you would want to know about the Ventures I toured with them in 1970 nice people and ran their UK fan club 1960-1972.
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THERE'S MUCH MORE TO THE STORY OF THE VENTURES IN JAPAN. AS NOTED IN THE BOOK "ONE AL AVALON" WAS ASKED BY VENTURE'S MANAGER, STANLY WAGNER,TO "PLEASE GO TO TOKYO AND HELP WITH THE BOOKINGS THRU KYODO KIKAKU (TOTSUGI NAGASHIMA HEADED THAT COMPANY) AND ALSO GET THE BOYS MORE MONEY FOR THE TOURS". MR. AVALON (A VETERAN STAGE AND SCREEN ACTOR - DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER ) AGREED TO THE OFFER WHICH INCLUDED HIS NEGOTIATING WITH A JAPANESE GUITAR COMPANY TO USE THE NAME "VENTURES GUITAR", AL AVALON ALSO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR "VENTURES" MERCHANDISING AT THEIR CONCERTS. MR. AVALON ACCOMPLISHED THESE THINGS AS WELL AS CREATING THE VENTURES FAN CLUB IN JAPAN. THERE'S MUCH--MUCH MORE OF AND TO THIS STORY---I KNOW IT ALL, THE JAPAN YEARS THE FULL STORY, THE TRUE STORY. I'M AL AVALON. 

Contents

Chapter Two The Seventies
184
Chapter Three The Eighties
237
Chapter Four The Nineties
301
Chapter Five Ventures Forever
326
Recording Sessions
372
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