Take a Walk on the Dark Side

Rock and Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses
Narrated by: Mike Dawson
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (92 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. In it 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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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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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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  • 05-10-20

A REAL WALK ON THE DARK SIDE

I totally enjoyed this audiobook. I've read other works by R. Gary Patterson but wanted to read this one again. Too bad his other books are not available in audio form. This book is well organized, moves along quickly but still takes the time needed to completely cover the person or event being discussed. There's so much information, much of it unknown to many people and they will be surprised by some of the info on their favorite classic rock musician. I miss hearing Gary's interviews and will miss never having any new works by him. His stories are great, like the dirt from the crossroads! Wow. Very good book.

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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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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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Waste of Time

If you want to hear a bunch of nonsense, this is your book. Starting with Robert Johnson and ending with the death of Grateful Dead Keyboardist, Brent Mydland, this is just a bunch of rambling gibberish. I am sorry that I wasted the hours to hear this book.

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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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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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Great listen, amazing

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

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<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.