Long Train Runnin': Our Story of the Doobie Brothers Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
For the first time, the incredible true story of the legendary band, The Doobie Brothers, written by the founding members.
Only a very few rock bands that have had the longevity, success, and drama of The Doobie Brothers. Born out of late 1960s NoCal, they stood alongside their contemporaries The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, and many others as an iconic American rock band. The train was rolling along, hits were flowing like wine, and arenas were packed with fans who wanted to see them live...then Tom Johnston, the band’s front man and lead guitarist, almost died.
The Doobies' train came to a screeching halt. All of a sudden the band started contemplating the end of the road only seven years into their career, just as things were taking off.
This was actually far from the end. A soul-steeped backup singer for Steely Dan named Michael McDonald took a shot at singing some of the Doobies' songs on tour, and all of a sudden a new chapter in the Doobie Brothers' story began. The band changed their sound and had numerous number-one hits with their new front man. Tom recovered from his health issues, but the band had moved on. When it came time for a reunion concert in the ’80s, Tom got the call and was back in the mix. They’ve been touring ever since and maintain a massive fan base the world over.
Never before have they shared their story, in their own words. In Long Train Runnin’ they’ll change that.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 6 minutes|
|Author||Pat Simmons, Tom Johnston, Chris Epting - contributor|
|Narrator||Chris Henry Coffey, Graham Winton, T. Ryder Smith, Leon Nixon|
|Audible.ca Release Date||May 17 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #67,157 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,376 in Rock Music (Books)
#1,583 in Entertainment & Celebrity Biographies
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It looks into the recording of some classic albums, and shares some stories from the many tours the Doobies did. There is nothing salacious, but nobody pretends that milk was the beverage of choice backstage.
In addition to Tom & Pat, there are also contributions from former Doobie players and several other people who had an impact on the band's success. While different memories of the same events arise, no fingers are pointed and no muck is thrown. If you're lookin' for "Dirt" on the Doobs, you won't find it here.
Most of the book deals with the '70s lineup, as well as the Grammy winning, Michael McDonald era.
The reunion period- from the Cycles album to 2020- is dealt with rather quickly.
I encourage any Doobie Brothers fan to read this book.....and Listen To The Music !
Each of the band’s milestones are reflected in the voices of the various band members. It’s almost like hearing their individual reflections of what happened in this format. The chapters include the thoughts and insights on the background on their albums. Without a doubt, there is much that goes into the production of one and the comments from the band members are both insightful and eye-opening.
For anyone who is keen to find out more about what happens touring as a band, some of the stories are definitely interesting and somewhat not surprising.
Thank you GoodReads for the book.
Top reviews from other countries
This book is incredibly well written and brutally honest about a bunch of guys who you can tell love each other and love making music together. The recollections are great from all of the contributors (not just Tom and Pat but Tiran, Michael, and others) and it really takes you back to a different time.
I'm an enormous Skunk Baxter fan and the stories about him are both funny, real, unbiased, and interesting. Insight to why he left the band in 1979 is really explored for the first time (though I would have liked to hear his version of things as he is obviously an incredibly insightful guy).
Michael McDonald comes off as you would expect....immensely talented and very humble to be a part of this. A lot of pages are dedicated to the transition when Tommy left in 1975 and Michael emerged as the talent he is and it is handled both honestly and gracefully from all parties involved.
Pat Simmons is often referred as the glue guy of the group but he is so much more and being able to adapt to so many musical styles couldn't have been easy but he always comes off as positive in his words and looking for ways to make the band better and incorporate that sometimes revolving door of players. As the only member who was there for all of it his insights are incredibly valuable.
Tom Johnston is also one of my favorite musicians ever and his pure love of music shows through in his passages. I know I speak for a lot of people that I'm glad he was able to resume making music after his ulcer and if you ever catch a Doobies show even today we are all blessed for it. So energetic even to this day.
Though I would have liked to hear more from Tiran Porter (or even Skunk Baxter and John Hartman) this book is ultimately the story of Tom and Pat. And for 2 people to be working together after 50 years is just incredible. I've had the same best friend for 43 years and to know you have someone out there you can rely on and watch your back is rare. This book truly is about 2 Brothers.
Highly recommended read....once you pick it up you will have trouble putting it down.