• Bunnyman

  • A Memoir: The Sunday Times bestseller
  • By: Will Sergeant
  • Narrated by: Will Sergeant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Bunnyman

By: Will Sergeant
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Growing up in Liverpool in the 1960s and '70s, when skinheads, football violence and fear of just about everything was the natural order of things, a young Will Sergeant found the emerging punk scene provided a shimmer of hope amongst a crumbling city still reeling from the destruction of the Second World War. 

From school-day horrors and mud-flinging fun to nights at Liverpool's punk club, Eric's, Sergeant was fuelled by and thrived on music. It was this devotion that led to the birth of the Bunnymen, to the days when he and Ian McCulloch would muck around with reel-to-reel recordings of song ideas in the back parlour of his parents' council estate house and to finding a community - friends, enemies and many in between - with those who would become post-punk royalty from the likes of Dead or Alive, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and the Teardrop Explodes to name a few.

It was an uphill struggle to carve their name in the history of Liverpool music, but Echo and the Bunnymen became iconic, with songs like 'Lips Like Sugar', 'The Cutter' and 'The Killing Moon'. By turns wry, explicit and profound, Bunnyman reveals what it was really like to be part of one of the most important British bands of the 1980s. 

The music at the beginning and end of this audiobook is taken from an original piece written and performed by Will Sergeant.

©2021 Will Sergeant (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

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Disappointed

I’ve been reading and listening a lot of biographies, yes they all have the same kind of structure: childhood, interests, finding a path, getting popular and all that. This story stops right before it has to start. I was very much interested in the live and development of the band ( my favorite band) but there is absolutely nothing about it. School years, motorcycle rids, fear of kissing a girl… it is all the same in every man life. Who wants to hear it?
Story ENDS in a moment when Pete was found as a drummer… common, this is not the story you want when we talk about Echo and The Bunnymen.
I was still enjoying hearing Will’s voice but I wanted to hear a story about great guitar player and a great band.
Sorry Will, not the book I was so excited to get…

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  • George Phillips
  • 08-05-21

Sergeant Delivers!

I played drums with Will for a short spell in Electrafixion. It was great hearing some of his experiences in the early days of the Bunnymen. I think it is well written and delivered. It is interesting hearing about Liverpool, Kirby and other areas. Will covers bands, art, film and arcitecture in this book. I really enjoyed Will 'reading' it to me in the car. The book finishes just as PDF joins the band. This makes me believe and hope that there will be a part 2?

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  • Ben Walker
  • 11-05-21

Read it in books.

Will Sergeant has given us a wonderfully dry, humourous history of his formative years and the birth of Liverpool's other favourite band. Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Nigel D
  • 08-31-23

A great listen beautifully delivered

This is one of my favourite listens. Delivered by Will in a beautifully descriptive way. A deep insight to his childhood and the origins of the Bunnymen.

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  • andrew thomas
  • 02-12-23

Excellent bio, funny & touching

With great humour and wonderul turns of phrase, Will vividly depicts his life and times, desperations, onsessions and inspirations, a great ride into the bunny hole.

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  • Mark McDonough
  • 11-27-22

Bunnyman….a show of strength

Great memoirs and brought back a lot of memories of my childhood and early nightlife experiences in Liverpool.

I was born in Kirkdale and moved to Walton and it was interesting to hear that life in Melling was quite similar in the 60’s and 70’s :-) but why wouldn’t it said the crowd…..

I thought the book was well written and very evocative and you could almost see the words coming to life in your mind….knowing Will he probably thinks he isn’t very good at writing but by God you are my good fellow :-)

Looking forward to the next book Will……

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  • Michael McDermott
  • 09-16-22

Ace - but Better Guitarist than writer

Really interesting listen, particularly the part where it builds to his meeting with Ian McCulloch.

Honest too in that he talks about his really challenging childhood and being caught in the middle of an ongoing battle between his mum and dad, neither of whom he speaks of within any great affection.

Understandable then that with no one other than his band mates to celebrate success, a real brotherhood was formed.

This might also feed into his dour delivery which doesn't quite set the world alight in the same way as his playing did and does.

Finally, I've got to pick Will up on the origins of the term which Scousers use to describe residents of neighbouring satellite towns in Lancs and Cheshire "Woolyback" which he defines quite incorrectly as "intimate relations with a farmyard animal" when it in fact was a term used for smuggling in order to avoid paying tolls and implied being tight-fisted or mean.

Other than that though, brilliant!

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  • Finbar McLoughlin
  • 08-01-22

engaging insight into the artist's origins

Will creates a word map of Liverpool in the 60s and 70s, the music and people. new apprecietion for the man. Recommended!

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  • Ross C.
  • 06-23-22

Great to hear the birth of the bunnymen

loved it, the nicknames, fashion an eye opener into the 80's and he reads it well.....ends a little abruptly though. I wanted to hear more.......

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  • Thomas clan
  • 05-22-22

missed opportunity

Far too much detail on Will's childhood and not enough on the music. plus inevitable stop just when it might get interesting.

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  • brianpwharton@yahoo.co.uk
  • 05-08-22

One of the best post punk books around

Skin tight memories peppered with honest and unflinching anecdotes that will make you smile

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