As a teenager in Scotland, Mike Scott played in punk and garage bands, hitchhiked to see Bob Dylan play, and scammed his way into Patti Smith’s inner circle during an eye-opening weekend in London. In 1983 he formed The Waterboys with an ever-rotating cast of collaborators including The Fellow Who Fiddles (Steve Wickham) and The Human Saxophone (Anthony Thistlethwaite) and soon found international success with the ‘big music' sound of songs like Don’t Bang The Drum and The Whole Of The Moon.
In 1986 Scott travelled to Ireland to spend a week with Wickham and ended up staying for six years. During that time he developed a deep interest in roots and folk music, resulting in The Waterboys’ best-selling album, Fisherman’s Blues. After scaling the heights of success and moving the band to New York, he followed another fascination and went to live in the Findhorn spiritual community in Northern Scotland.
Adventures Of A Waterboy is an evocative, eye-opening memoir by one of the great British songwriters of the past four decades. It is an honest and revealing work, by turns heartfelt and funny, that tells the story of a cocky Scot with a sound in his head and his lifelong efforts to reproduce that sound – a story that runs from teenage fandom to international stardom, from Scotland to New York City and beyond.
About The Author
Mike Scott was born in Edinburgh and has led The Waterboys since 1983, during which time he has achieved widespread success with albums including This Is The Sea, Fisherman’s Blues and Room To Roam. He continues to push musical boundaries and tours regularly with new and reconfigured versions of his legendary band. In 2010 The Waterboys premiered their new work, An Appointment With Mr Yeats, at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. The album of the same name was released to great acclaim in 2011. He lives in Dublin.
MICHAEL ‘MIKE’ SCOTT was born in Edinburgh and has led The Waterboys since 1983, including ten line-ups and some sixty musicians.Their million-selling albums include This Is the Sea (1985) and Fisherman’s Blues (1988). In 1991 Scott won an Ivor Novello award for ‘The Whole of the Moon’. His songs have been covered by Rod Stewart,Tom Jones, Steve Earle, Luka Bloom, Mandy Moore, Jennifer Warnes, Brian Kennedy, Glen Hansard, Blur and Counting Crows among others. The band’s most recent work is the acclaimed An Appointment With Mr Yeats, which premiered
at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre in 2010 and was released as an album in 2011. Mike is a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation and lives in Dublin
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