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Take a Walk on the Dark Side

Rock and Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses
Narrated by: Mike Dawson
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
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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 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 27 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 listener on a mysterious ride through rock and roll history. Narrated by Mike Dawson (Left of Boom, Mistrial, The Adam Carolla Show)

©2004 R. Gary Patterson (P)2017 R. Gary Patterson

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  • Brenda Evans
  • 06-11-17

Enlightening

What an in depth summary of things I've heard of were true or rumors, but never could substantiate. The voice used for this audio version was epic.

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  • Gene
  • 20-01-18

good listen till the number system comes about

What made the experience of listening to Take a Walk on the Dark Side the most enjoyable?

It was riveting and interesting to a point. The first 5-8 chapters was great. Then after it got repetitious,going back to points over and over. The chapters later in the book talk about numerology...maybe I'm just not hip but it wasn't captivating .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-18

Seems forced.

the list of events though true seemed to be connected only through chance despite an attempt by the author to manifest a true connection. An omen of that someone attached to someone that dies, then years later they did as well is to suggest that the people in question do not live life of fame, risk and excess. The forces idea of this work and the constant regurgitating of "satanism" is a bore to the realities of true occult fans. I would consider this a waste of time and wish I could have the money and time I spent back. Good luck if you want to take the risk.

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  • Lono
  • 16-12-17

Interesting tale, mostly coincidence

I think the author was looking to hard to find spooky coincidences across rock history. Not tough find.

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  • C. M. Logan
  • 20-11-19

Mike Dawson is the best.

Fantastic stories from the history of Rock! Mike Dawson makes everything sound better! highly entertaining listen!

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  • Carrie DeBord
  • 30-04-19

That’s Rock&Roll!

This was a fantastic compilation of all the tales and legends that rock fans heard through out multiple generations. Narrator, Mike Dawson is amazing! I’d listen to him read a phone book.

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  • Lou
  • 22-02-19

Great listen, amazing

Great listen and Dawson's narration rocks a can't miss lots of interesting bits off information

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  • Steve
  • 07-01-19

<br />Mostly contrived but interesting.

Worth a read/listen, since it's pretty comprehensive, but most of *legends* and *myths* are a stretch at best but mostly contrived especially when it gets into the numerology stuff.

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  • TM Conway
  • 31-12-18

Left me wanting more

This one provided information that was new to me and left me wanting more. This book, in my opinion, belongs in a set with Weird Tales from the Canyon. For almost any music/music history lover, this is a fascinating listen. To be fair, much of the material is just a deeper delving into the topics music fans have probably already heard. But it does go deeper into these topics. I wish I could find more books like this.

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  • Anonymous
  • 13-07-18

Great read for the rock & roll enthusiast.

I listened to R.Gary Patterson on many talk shows. A great rock and roll historian who is greatly missed.