The Road Beneath My Feet
*The Sunday Times Bestseller*
*Featuring an exclusive new chapter*
On 23 September, 2005, at the Joiners Arms in Southampton, Frank Turner played his last gig with his hardcore band, Million Dead. On the laminates that listed the tour dates, the entry for 24 September simply read: 'Get a job.'
Deflated, jaded and hungover, Frank returned to his hometown of Winchester
As an excellent songwriter, I knew that he would be able to write a good book. But I didn't think it would give me quite so much more of an insight into his life on tour, the people he's met, the songs he writes and, in particular, the shows that I have been to. It's wonderful to read about FT gigs that I've ...more
April 13th, 2012. 1,216 shows down the line, he was headlining to a sold out Wembley Arena with The Sleeping Souls.
So is this the typical rags to riches rock ...more
That said, I was less whelmed by this book than I'd hoped. As some previous reviewers have noted, it's heavy on a play-by-play of how he got to shows and whom he saw at shows, but it's pretty light on details about the way those experiences shaped him along the ...more
The book is anecdotal, based on stories from the road and shows he played that stood out in his memory, many because of whom he met or how special or unique a show felt for one reason or ...more
Frank Turner. Never heard of the guy before picking up this book. Frank is the former frontman of the now disbanded British hardcore group, Million Dead (never heard of them either). The book follows Frank's final gigs with Million Dead and his unknown ...more
FT is a musician, not a rock star. He seems completely dedicated to ...more
The most annoying part of this is how the details of getting from show to show and the struggles of success are detailed painstakingly, while anything that might contain the ingredients of an interesting song are alluded to in passing. ...more
This book changed my life, but I can’t promise it will do the same for anyone else.
I have that much more respect for Mr. Turner knowing that he also does not drive cars.
"We drove through unbelievable blizzards in the north-east, argued with in-house merch sellers in New York and played our first ever show in Boston." (187)
Nice to see a Fenway Park reference on 259 as I ran into Mr. Turner when ...more
At about 2AM when I realised sleep wasn't coming I started playing his music and thought, I really should read his book. So now it's 5:35AM, I've listened to nearly all his music whilst reading this beautiful book. Music is great. It's more than great, it's amazing.
anyways I was pleased to read this book and see he's exactly how I imagine him to be. just a normal guy doing what he loves. I hope to make it a show again one day soon.
If you’re a Frank Turner fan or just a punk rock fan, this book is a must read.