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Bye Bye Baby: My Tragic Love Affair with The Bay City Rollers

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Funny, poignant, and totally original--this story of one girl's love affair with the Bay City Rollers is a brilliant portrait of an era.

'I loved them desperately. For four years I lived for them. It's not a pretty story.'

Bye, Bye Baby is the true tale of a passionate obsession with possibly the most untalented bunch of musicians in the history of rock and roll. Even in the
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 10th 2001 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 1999)
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Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Who'd have thought that the Bay City Rollers could provide sufficient material for two compelling books?

'Bye Bye Baby' is a frank, enjoyable memoir about Caroline Sullivan's teenage obsession with the Bay City Rollers. Obsession is not an understatement: Caroline and the Tacky Tartan Tarts, who were a small group of similarly obsessed older teenagers and young adults, trailed the group across America, following their cars, booking into their hotels, endlessly discussing them, making scrapbooks,
Bob Schnell
You don't have to be a fan of the Bay City Rollers to enjoy Caroline Sullivan's "Bye Bye Baby." If you have ever been the "biggest fan" and went so far as to stalk (in a non-threatening way) the object of your adulation then you will enjoy this tale.
Caroline Sullivan was obsessed. Sadly, her obsession was with the Bay City Rollers and it lasted four long years. Tortured by her love for the band (and their dismissal of her), she eagerly collects clippings (and on at least one occasion, a discarded cigarette butt), follows them on tour, and stalkishly hunts for information regarding their whereabouts. The Rollers provide high highs and even lower lows for Sullivan and her friends (they call themselves the Tacky Tartan Tarts), but they can't g ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book made me laugh hysterically. Then again, I am the type who lives for music and has sat in a beanbag chair in somebody else's wood-paneled rec room. You also have to love a book that mentions The Wombles and Drew University within the first 30 pages (though living in London as an expat now, the author is from Millburn, New Jersey). And if this paragraph made no sense to you, you will probably find the whole thing pathetic.

I would almost describe this woman as my evil twin.... except for
Feb 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, music
A lovely account of the authors obsession with the Bay City Rollers. I love reading books like this, Sullivan writes well and with compassion.

I was a Roller fan...sigh...but then was saved by Punk Rock, hurrah!
A fun read. I'm glad to hear she's gotten over her Roller obsession. LOL. It brought back fun memories of being an eight-year-old kid stuck on Ian Mitchell.
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this book when it first came out, but I could not really remember much of it - except that this person was, like I was, a fan of the Bay City Rollers (yes, I can admit it!).

Its weird because she mentions a lot of events related to the Rollers around the time that I actually saw them in Toronto in 1977. She even alludes to having had an intimate encounter with one of them around the 24th of August - which would have been two days after I saw them! Of course it feels odd because I was NOWH
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: groupies, favorites
"I loved them desperately. For four years I lived for them."

I absolutely loved this. Just replace the Bay City Rollers with Take That and New Kids on the Block and Caroline Sullivan was writing about me! I completely empathised with her obsessive adulation and feelings for her boyband of choice. (I would have loved to have trekked all over the country like she did but never had the courage to.) I enjoyed how she looked back over her teenage years with a witty eye and realised how irrational it a
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ok first things first, yes I like the Bay City Rollers but it was because the music was great to dance to. The boys were cute but not my type.
Now lets talk about the book. Caroline Sullivan takes you on her journey as she obsessively follows her beloved band as a teenager.
WOW this was a great book! I laughed so hard in parts I got looks from my cats. Other parts I just read with open mouth and in disbelief on what I was reading. Sullivan does not hold anything back. She is very open and honest
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rock-bio, girl-fandom
I picked this up thinking I'd get a few chuckles at the Roller's expense, but not only did I find her recounting of the band pretty amusing, I found myself absolutely loving Caroline. As would anyone over the age of 30 who spent years in denial of their own tragic teenagedom, only to realize the simplicity and enthusiasm of that age will never be possible to recapture....

*wistful moment*

Also, I've inadvertantly attained an excellent knowledge of the Bay City Rollers now. Have been irritating my
Jayne Lamb
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the real world white-bread-and suburbia equivalent of Pam Des Barres' I'm with the band. Hilarious, evocative and nostalgic in equal measure. My parents taught me to sing some BCR songs and apparently that was adorable, but despite that, this book is indispensable for anyone interested in wanna-be groupie adventures and girl culture in general.
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god. My feelings exactly of teenage fandom crazyness, I never took it as far as this girl but I would have if I were in the right place at the right time. Humiliating and cringeworthy in it's honesty. Hilarious too once she starts actually talking to the roadies and learning about them and how whatever they are with her. Too funny. Read it in Berlin.
Jul 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans fans fans!
Shelves: booksilove
As anyone who's ever been obsessed with a less-than-cool band knows, there's more to the life of fangirling than meets the eye. Sullivan captures the emotions and intensity of it brilliantly (with a little bit of hindsight embarrassment) in this great memoir. A must-have in the collections of anyone once obsessed.
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book several years ago and absolutely loved it. I was a Roller fan as a young girl and I still like to listen to them. The Rollers and The Monkees were my first experiences as a fan girl and set the stage for me to be a fan girl forever.
Feb 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I Love this book. Bay City Rollers - no need to say more.
Anna Samulak
Mar 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Nothing amazing - quite a few typ-os! But interesting view of 1970s America seen through the eyes of a teen-aged Roller-fan.
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book, fangirl obsession is very relatable & I look forward to the book(s) the 1D/Justin Bieber fangirls will write when they finally come to their senses. lol

Jul 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I started this awhile ago, but finished today.
It made me sad, and nostalgic for my early teen years when everything was simpler and more innocent.
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I'm not the Caroline Sullivan who writes poetry - I'm the other one, who's published four books: Bye Bye Baby: My Tragic Love Affair with the Bay City Rollers; Madonna: Ambition. Music. Style.; Ed Sheeran: Writing Out Loud and Adele: The Other Side.

Hmm. Goodreads apparently thinks that I haven't set up an account, and it's commanding me to do so.

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