Scott Walker


Rough Trade Book of the Month: January 2018

Scott Walker is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant, serious and intelligent of artists today. As one of the greatest lyricists of the 20th century and front man of globally loved pop trip, The Walker Brothers, Walker commands huge devotion.

His new book Sundog is the first ever selection of Walker's lyrics curated by the artist himself, published for the first time with a stunning introduction by Eimear McBride. Walker's iconic lyrics will proudly follow in the footsteps of other famous musicians who have been published by Faber & Faber, including Jarvis Cocker, Billy Bragg, and Van Morrison.

It’s impossible to understate the impact that Scott Walker has had on contemporary music. His fans include Bowie and Jarvis Cocker - it’s even said that the iconic 4AD Label was conceived of while listening to a cassette copy of his 1984 LP Climate of Hunter. He rose to fame as a member of proto-boy band The Walker Brothers, but his tetralogy of self-titled solo records cemented his importance in musical history. The records are a mix of Jacques Brel covers (equally edgy and iconic), heartbreaking renditions of contemporary standards, and genius-calibre original compositions. 1969’s 100% Scott-penned 4 is necessary in any collection. After Scott 4’s commercial failure (and the demands of his record company), he set down his pen until 1995’s Tilt, a collection of left-field howls that shocked fans and critics alike. 2012 saw the release of Bish Bosch, a true high-water mark in his exploration of language, meter, and imagery.
This book is his first collection of poetry and lyrics. It includes a selection of his work from the sixties, complete lyrics from his inscrutable, left-field masterpieces released from 1995-2014, and additional lyrics from 6 yet-to-be-recorded songs.

Kris Peterson, Shipping Manager, Rough Trade NYC