Walk-Don't Run - The Story of The Ventures
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The world's number one instrumental group had a worldwide hit in 1960 with "Walk-Don't Run." They hit high again with "Hawaii Five-0," continuing on a fifty-year career of recording and touring towards America's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Written in collaboration with band members and associates over a 9 year period, the heavily illustrated book contains data for over 50 of the band's sixties recording sessions. Once I got started, I couldn't put it down. There are so many twists and turns through the decades while fads and fortunes propel the group from success to success, rising and falling with the trends of music and fate. This story provides ample proof of what happens to the roller coaster at the bottom. It rises up again! There are many hidden stories within that tell of the times and people and make one aware of just how significant The Ventures are for all these years on their way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Danny Marks -... More > JAZZ.FM91 Toronto, Ontario< Less
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Mar 16, 2014I can't say how appreciative I am that Del Halterman went to such detail in this book! I am absolutely floored. In the first fifty pages, I stumbled upon the answer to the age-old mystery of why Don Wilson and Nokie Edwards, as opposed to Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, played at a Portland Oregon car dealership in 1962 (on a cassette I’ve owned for decades). The pictures are fantastic (black and white is no issue here folks, y'all haven't seen 99% of these). I'm sure I'll have more to say when I really dig in but I am just so excited and impressed by what I see so far. Ventures fans around the world owe Del a great debt! Marty Tippens Glendale, CA
Dec 11, 2011The Ventures are a classic Icon. have influenced every band. They did a lot of ground breaking and the Band Don Wilson and Bob Bogle Nokie yes but he came along was relagated to Bass but is in all respected a very good musician the basic sound is close interaction between Bob and Don I seen them play in Roch NY in 1988 wow blow your mind timing is impeccable Josie Wilson Don's Mother was there wish my Mom had pushed and stimulated me but thats another story this Band is first class act thank God that they made it on their own their Mom Josie did a lot for them God Bless Her for doing so much Well keep listening and Thanks Del for bringing this book out I will get one soon Reverbie65
Oct 15, 2009"Walk-Don't Run - The Story of The Ventures" Being a Ventures fan since my friend's older brother first introduced me to two of their earlier albums in 1961, I have always wanted to know more of them. Even though they are finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame there are so many that do not know of whom they are and it is a real shame as they helped pioneer the now taken for granted classic line up of two guitars, bass and drums. In the sixties they really stood out not only for doing all instrumentals but playing their instruments so well. Their playing ability was far above many of their counterparts. Only other then Britain's "The Shadows", The Ventures were so unique in their sound and especially their excellence of musicianship. As the more senior musician's of today know, they are an influential force for so many to take up the playing of either guitar, bass or drums. I am one of them. I just received my copy of "Walk-Don't Run - The... More > Story of The Ventures" and am so thrilled by how much information that is in this book. The photos are great to see and overall it is just a wonderful dream come true to finally have detailed insight as to what was previously elusive. I highly recommend this book not only just to any fan of The Ventures but to any person whom has just discovered them for the first time. You will be fascinated by one of rock and roll's greatest instrumental pioneers of all time. Cheers, David Grigg< Less
Mar 4, 2009"Re: WALK DON'T RUN- The Story of The Ventures" Book is interesting and long overdue account of The Ventures and how it all began. However, I was a bit disappointed at how Nokie Edwards' role was downplayed. I have always considered him the heart of the band and I believe the book has him involved with Don and Bob much later than he actually was involved in the group. I don't think of The Ventures without thinking of Nokie Edwards. best regards Larry H
Oct 28, 2008"Re: Walk Dont Run the story of The Ventures" Andy, sorry you were not impressed with the photos. I have tons of the common Ventures pics, but I sought out the rare ones, and have received dozens of positive responses from readers about them. As for Bruce Botnick, I had not heard of him until reading your post. Since then I have found his name on a couple of records, but he apparently didn't figure heavily in the band's career or he would have been mentioned during one of my countless conversations with the band. The only engineer they seemed to remember was Joe Boles in Seattle. Many thanks for your kind words. ~Del H.
Sep 24, 2008"Walk Dont Run the story of The Ventures" Received copy of aforementioned book very promptly very detailed and informative(too much sometimes) a few details missing even so e.g. no mention of Bruce Botnick who engeered several albums then went on to do the same for The Doors and Arthur Lees Love band(also Mosrite toting). The Photos are very poor and not what to expect for a pricey book,but apart from these small gripes a great read.
Mar 21, 2008"Walk-Don't Run The Story of the Ventures" A long overdue work about a guitar band that would influence most of today's major Rock & Roll stars. Destined to become a cult classic at the very least. 5 Stars from cover to cover. Rich Carozza
Mar 19, 2008"WALK DON'T RUN- The Story of The Ventures" This long awaited & long overdue definitive account of the biggest selling, most popular & most listened to INSTRUMEN- TAL BAND OF ALL TIME is a 'winner' from the outset. Close to 400 pages, author Del Halterman decides to take everyone to VENTURES SCHOOL. The wealth of material presented here along with a superb collection of photos is mind boggling to say the least. Knowledgeable fans the World over will find themselves just about every other page saying, "I never knew that." Of course it was a big help I'm sure for Mr. Halterman to have both founding members of the group- Bob Bogle & Don Wilson nearby serving up fact after fact along with Rock 'n Roll's most famous mom- Josie Wilson keeping everything on the straight & narrow. Chronologically it's right on. No stone is left unturned. The writing is not opinionated in nature. Readers early on sense the dogged- ness & persistence of Wilson &... More > Bogle. They had a dream & were going to do their best to carry it thru. For novices who know nothing about the group, it's a facinating story. But no doubt we'll also have music critics learn even more about these pioneers of Rock. If there's a negative, it's the fact the book could've given us the aftermath from their much deserved Hall of Fame Induction. But then the fans know of the upcoming 50th anniversary celebration plus the continued scheduled touring thru the summer of '09. This musical party shows no signs of ending anytime soon so I suppose a sequel to this SUCCESS STORY is another NO BRAINER! TOM BALTAEFF< Less
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- Del Halterman (Standard Copyright License)
- Second Edition
- Del Halterman
- May 12, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.71 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 7.44 wide x 9.68 tall
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