Take a Walk on the Dark Side: Rock and Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 16, 2008 - Music - 304 pages
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Take a Walk on the Dark Side is the ultimate book for today's rock and roll fan: a fascinating compendium of facts, fictions, prophecies, premonitions, coincidences, hoaxes, doomsday scenarios, and other urban legends about some of the world's most beloved and mysterious pop icons.
Updating, revising, and expanding on material from his cult classic Hellhounds on Their Trail, Patterson offers up a delectable feast of strange and occasionally frightening rock and roll tales, featuring the ironies associated with the tragic deaths of many rock icons, unsolved murders, and other tales from the "fell clutch of circumstance."
Beginning with the fateful place where it all started -- a deserted country crossroads just outside Clarksdale, Mississippi, where Robert Johnson made his deal with the devil -- through the Buddy Holly curse (rock and roll's first great tragedy) and beyond, this incredible volume uncovers some of rock and roll's most celebrated murders, twists of fate, and decades-long streaks of bad luck that defy rational explanation. Inside you'll find:
  • Facts about Jimmy Page and the Zeppelin Curse.
  • Chilling quirks of fate in the fatalities in the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
  • Facts about Jimmy Page and the Zeppelin curse
  • Chilling quirks of fate surrounding the deaths of musicians in the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • A provocative look at "The Club," membership in which requires an untimely death at age twenty-seven and whose inductees include Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin
  • Cryptic messages in song lyrics that have proved eerily prophetic

Carefully researched, wildly enjoyable, and often harrowing, Take a Walk on the Dark Side takes the reader on a mysterious ride through rock and roll history.
 

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User Review  - JEldredge - LibraryThing

Dark, disturbing, and very well researched - although most of this information can be obtained these days simply by tuning into VH1 Classic. I found the book to be very extensive and entertaining. Read full review

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User Review  - talk0underworld - LibraryThing

This book is not without its interesting points, but these are mostly overshadowed by the drivel in between. The author is obviously passionate about his subject, but not particularly concerned with ... Read full review

Contents

Waiting at the Crossroads
1
The Buddy Holly Curse?
13
The Devil Went Down to Georgia
37
Mr Crowley
57
Sympathy for the Devil
71
The Sorcerers Apprentice
99
Welcome to the Hotel California
139
The Backward Mask and Other
163
The Club
217
Notes
263
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R. Gary Patterson teaches high school literature and lives with his wife, Delores, in Oliver Springs, Tennessee.

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