A Letter To Mr Scott – paperback edition
Mike Scott (1958) is the founding member, lead singer and the lead songwriter of rock band The Waterboys. He has also produced two solo albums, Bring ‘em All In and Still Burning. Scott is a vocalist, guitarist and pianist, and has played a large range of other instruments including the bouzouki, drums, and Hammond organ on his albums. Scott is also a published writer, having released his autobiography, Adventures of a Waterboy, in 2012. Having begun a musical career in the 1970s that has continued to this day, Scott has been making “extraordinary music” since the 1980s and is well known for his radical changes in music genres throughout what he refers to as his “allegedly unorthodox” career. Scott currently lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Erwin Rademaker (1966) cannot read a single musical note, he cannot play any musical instrument, he is a stranger to pace and rhythm, and he cannot sing in tune either. However, music plays a very important role in his life, especially the music of The Waterboys. He asked himself a simple question: why? To answer this question, Rademaker went to Newgrange, Ireland, to listen to the complete works of The Waterboys in solitary seclusion. His findings are presented in this book, which is an open letter to Mike Scott. Rademaker works as a programme manager at the Port of Rotterdam Authority and spends his spare time travelling, writing books and photographing. He currently lives in Breda, the Netherlands.
A Letter To Mr Scott is written by Erwin Rademaker from October 2014 until April 2015 on three continents, in nine countries, and in the following twenty-two cities as well as on the many journeys between them: Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Antwerp (Belgium), Beijing (China), Belfast (United Kingdom), Breda (the Netherlands), Brussels (Belgium), Chicago (United States), Dublin (Ireland), Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Frankfurt (Germany), Glasgow (United King- dom), Hong Kong (China), London (United Kingdom), Los Angeles (United States), Madrid (Spain), Mannheim (Germany), New York (United States), Newgrange, Co. Meath (Ireland), Redlands (United States), Rheims (France), Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and San Francisco (United States).
A Letter To Mr Scott is edited by Stefan Dorren from May until November 2015, is designed by Marco van Lith in November 2015 and is by Holland Ridderkerk in December 2015.
Lyrics by Mike Scott (and others)
Photos by Erwin Rademaker (and others)
Cover handwriting by Loes Verheijen
Cover design by Marco van Lith
Artwork by Véronique Castellanos & Sven Roumen
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