Then again, I am the type who lives for music and has sat in a beanbag chair in somebody else's wood-paneled rec room. You also have to love a book that mentions The Wombles and Drew University within the first 30 pages though living in London as an expat now, the author is from Millburn, New Jersey.
And if this paragraph made no sense to you, you will probably find the whole thing pathetic. I would almost describe this woman as my evil twin And I admit, I might have liked their catchy singles more at the time if they hadn't constantly been hyped as "the next Beatles.
The real sticking point for me was the ridiculous calf-length tartan elephant flares they wore on stage. Basically, Sullivan and a group of cohorts whom she met at BCR appearances, followed the band everywhere chasing their car to their hotel after shows, and even greeting them Beatles-style at JFK airport.
Needless to say they became a somewhat familiar sight; but the band did not exactly welcome them with open arms they were highly noticeable due to the fact that they were in their late teens when the average fan was about eleven. All this while subsisting on Hostess Sno-Balls and Tab.
You could not get away with this today. Although Sullivan openly admits that the BCR were kinda crap after their first two albums, she continued to let her life revolve around them pretty much until After about or so the book starts to drag a bit as real life, depression, and anxiety attacks ensue.
However, as soon as the band comes back to the United States for yet another attempt at a comeback recording an album at third rate studio in New Jersey , it became fascinating again in a more cringeworthy way. You would think by that point, the band would have been happy to have female fans older than eleven It's all the more inexplicable because Sullivan was also into all the edgier punk rock coming from Britain in the late '70s.
All this made me wonder if the author had ever seen the movie Spirit of ' This is almost the literary equivalent in that every fad you remember is name-checked like "Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific" View 1 comment. Feb 01, Martinxo rated it really liked it Shelves: , music.
A lovely account of the authors obsession with the Bay City Rollers. I love reading books like this, Sullivan writes well and with compassion. I was a Roller fan Dec 03, Maggie rated it it was amazing Shelves: biography-autobiography , groupies , non-fiction , rock-n-roll. A fun read.
I'm glad to hear she's gotten over her Roller obsession. It brought back fun memories of being an eight-year-old kid stuck on Ian Mitchell. May 20, Tina rated it really liked it. I read this book when it first came out, but I could not really remember much of it - except that this person was, like I was, a fan of the Bay City Rollers yes, I can admit it!
Its weird because she mentions a lot of events related to the Rollers around the time that I actually saw them in Toronto in She even alludes to having had an intimate encounter with one of them around the 24th of August - which would have been two days after I saw them!
Of course it feels odd because I was NOWH I read this book when it first came out, but I could not really remember much of it - except that this person was, like I was, a fan of the Bay City Rollers yes, I can admit it! Still, this book was compelling, although wow!
But the stories of basically tracking, harassing and otherwise running after the Rollers is so much fun to read. I found myself thinking "wow, she is really committed to this". Knowing now, what the members some of them of the group have shared, a lot of what she cryptically refers to seems logical. Although, once again, this book is a great example of someone who wants to "share" their memoir, but any interesting or juicy details are redacted or intentionally vague, leaving us feeling cheated.
This seems to happen in so many memoirs, it makes me wonder why they want to write this type of book, only to chicken out. Nonetheless, this is a good story, for all lovers of BCR. Her story shows how innocent and in many ways, easy it was to get the "scoop" on their whereabouts from hotel clerks, airline employees - can you imagine THAT happening today? I miss the good old days in in some ways, I miss BCR!
Jun 16, Joanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: groupies , favorites. I completely empathised with her obsessive adulation and feelings for her boyband of choice. I would have loved to have trekked all over the country like she did but never had the courage to. I enjoyed how she looked back over her teenage years with a witty eye and realised how irrational it a "I loved them desperately.
I enjoyed how she looked back over her teenage years with a witty eye and realised how irrational it all actually was. She could see the uncool aspects of the band and how lightweight the songs were but had to succumb no matter what. The Rollers even eclipsed her love for the golden god himself, Robert Plant.
She had to experience the rollercoaster of intense highs actually bedding a Roller! So, humiliation, embarrassment and desperation all come hand in hand with the euphoric moments experienced. This passion dominated her late teens and every life event focused on the Bay City Rollers. One minor point: I would have loved to have seen an actual photograph of the Tacky Tartan Tarts included in the book. Like Caroline Sullivan, who is now a respected music journalist for The Guardian, our boybands of choice still hold a special place in our teeny bopper hearts.
These said hearts still miss a beat whenever we hear certain songs : A deserved five stars. Jan 15, SouthWestZippy rated it it was amazing Shelves: nonfiction , favorites , music , biography.
Ok first things first, yes I like the Bay City Rollers but it was because the music was great to dance to. The boys were cute but not my type. Now lets talk about the book. Caroline Sullivan takes you on her journey as she obsessively follows her beloved band as a teenager. WOW this was a great book! I laughed so hard in parts I got looks from my cats. Other parts I just read with open mouth and in disbelief on what I was reading. Sullivan does not hold anything back.
She is very open and honest Ok first things first, yes I like the Bay City Rollers but it was because the music was great to dance to.
She is very open and honest about her past and makes no apology about it. She borders on being a stalker. Mar 06, Alice rated it really liked it Shelves: rock-bio , girl-fandom. I picked this up thinking I'd get a few chuckles at the Roller's expense, but not only did I find her recounting of the band pretty amusing, I found myself absolutely loving Caroline.
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