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

User Review  - Sophia Case-Gabbard - Goodreads

I'm not sure how to not like this book. You have to enjoy taking a trip with someone, going along with a story, and appreciating that "it's the truth even if it didn't happen" to get through this book. In the immortal words of Ken Kesey, "The hell with facts. We need stories." Read full review

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

User Review  - Lina - Goodreads

This is one of my favorite books about one of my favorite addictions: Rock and Roll. This amazing book walks the reader through incredible mysteries, myths, hoaxes and legends of our favorite rock ... Read full review


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Mr Crowley
Sympathy for the Devil
The Sorcerers Apprentice
Welcome to the Hotel California
The Backward Mask and Other
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The Club

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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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