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It was great to read but made me paranoid
Patterson's Take a Walk on the Dark Side caught my attention with its constant flow of interesting information of the history of rock and roll. More specifically the myths and legends behind famous musicians. Most cases have to do with musicians finding interest in the occult and having ironic things happen other incidences are sheer acts of coincidence or are they?The theme of this book is to make the reader question whether it was just coincidence that caused a terrible fate to happen to multi...
Such a disappointment & a bit hokey! I think the author was trying a bit too hard to draw coincidences. Only intersting part was the plane crash with members of Lynard Skynard - that one actual gave me goose bumps.
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."
Fun concept, badly edited.
Not horrible,not great either.There are some factual errors,and the word "ironically" is used a lot.
I enjoyed this book for many reasons and I gave it 4 stars only because in some moments it tends to go too much on the occult side rather than keep talking about "strange events" on band and musicians. This is not the first book I read about the dark side of rock music, however, normally I was used to read (or listen) chapters dedicated to the single story of a specific artist or band. Instead here you got the history of the dark side of rock from its beginning to the period when the book came o...
Really enjoyed this book, quite fascinating!
Lots of Hocus Pocus, but a fun enough read!
Very well researched and packed with spooky, intertwining details. This could have benefited from shorter chapters to break up all the different subjects.
I read this book a while ago. I had received it as a gift from my aunt who thought that, since I loved music and liked reading about the supernatural, I would like this book. I flew through this book in no time at all. I loved reading about the infamous "27 club" and the effects of Aleister Crowley upon so many rock musicians.I was particularly interested in the section mentioning Led Zeppelin. Jimmy Page is an amazing guitarist, but I had never known that he was a student of the occult. I found...
Patterson combines fascinating and well researched information with his uncanny abilities as a "born storyteller". Unlike so many other books of this genre, I found myself enthralled by his literary style:warm, engaging and GENUINELY affecting. His sincere love of the music(and respect for the artists who create it)comes shining through in each paragraph! The book is written in a warm conversational style that is very compelling. The stories are fascinating and I can assure you that once started...
This book was a lot of fun to read. A lot of it had to do with how many of the musicians were involved with black magic, voodoo, or a pact with the devil, and how that led to a lot of the unfortunate things that happened to them. Some tales are eerie but some seemed far fetched. The author tells of the many rumors that exist and even he thinks some of the stories are absurd. My favorite part is how Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" coincides with "The Wizard of Oz". I remember when I played t...
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 legends such as "The Club" which requires members to die at the untimely age of 27, the Led Zeppelin curse, John Lennon's fixation with numerology, the influence of Aliester Crowley in Rock and Roll and many other chilling stories. I absolutely enjoyed reading this book and discovering all those unknow...
I love R. Gary Patterson as a frequent guest on Coast to Coast AM and am really looking forward to reading further in this book.UPDATE: This book was awesome. The only thing I would have hoped for is a bit more details on some of the stories. My favorites were the chapters about Jimmy Page and his Aleister Crowley obsession, and rock's links with Satanism throughout the years. Highly recommended for any music lover and/or paranormal enthusiast.
Okay, so it took me a while to finish this book, but I enjoyed it so much because I could read a chapter at a time. So many instersting things . . . . Creepe out by the Jimmy Page stuff. . . . Love the numerology connects to the '27' club. Wasn't the best book I've ever read, but might have to look into another one written by this author . . .
Definitely a fun and interesting read. This book explored parallels in those involved in rock and allegedly involved with the occult (such as Led Zeppelin's fascination with Aleister Crowley) as well as topics such as the myth of the "27" club and what not. Since it involved a mix of topics that interested me, I enjoyed it.
i absolutely love this book!!! it chronicles the dark side of rock and roll and those that you think are dark really arent. not alot of ozzy in this book but alot of the stones and led though. it is really very interesting and kinda creepy but a fantastic read.
Four stars for the fun factor, maybe 3.5 for overall rating. Chock-full of nifty info about rock stars and odd coincidences/myths of the same. Even some fun numerology with Jimi Hendrix and Aleister Crowley rears his head a few times.
This was a pretty good book. There were some really interesting myths and coincidences in this book. However, some of the stuff seemed a bit far fetched, but you can't really help what rumors people choose to run with, right?
Interesting, enjoyable read. I would not recommend it to people who don't have a fairly decent grasp of blues music. If you don't know the blues the first portion of the book will make no sense to you.
This was a fun read. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't already been familiar with a large portion of the material. One thing is certain, I'll never look at Buddy Holly & the Crickets the same way again.
Lots of behind-the-scenes information on the music world in the 60's & 70's. I didn't know rock n roll was so evil. I was listening to the Carpenters & Simon & Garfunkle. I missed the evil part. This book filled me in. Very interesting read. I really didn't miss much :D
This book is really poorly written. The title also promises a lot more than it delivers. I didn't really learn anything I didn't already know. And did I mention how poorly it's written?
Interesting look at the myths of rock & roll...the author seems to believe it & I think that actually helps...even though some of it is a little far-fetched....
Creepy stuff in this book! Be sure to check it out!
My early "Halloween" read. The interesting parts did not exceed the length of the book. I found myself to be bored and skimming through the chapters until I found something that interested me.
Interesting reading about Jimmy Page's interest. Flimsy evidence for a lot of the so called coincidences in the book.
this was interesting, the way facts were lined up and laid out so it was easy to see the similarities inside the 'devilish rock world.'
An awesome compendium of rock 'n' roll supernatural urban legends.