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I Ran With The Gang: My Life In and Out of the Bay City Rollers

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Alan Longmuir was born in Edinburgh in 1948. In his teens, he formed the band that became the Bay City Rollers. The Rollers became one of the most commercially successful musical acts of the 1970s, selling more than 120 million records and igniting Rollermania a phenomenon that spread across the globe. Alan died in 2018 while completing this autobiography.

Martin Knight was
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ebook, 208 pages
Published November 14th 2018 by Luath Press Ltd.
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*TUDOR^QUEEN*
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I was the only 4-year old Beatles fan in my neighborhood in 1967, during the "Summer of Love". My brother was four years older than me, so because of him I grew up on them. They were just a part of me. However, when I was 13 and in the eighth grade in 1976, I was swept away by a pop band all on my own...The Bay City Rollers! They came from Edinburgh Scotland, had cute accents, and their lead guitarist Eric Faulkner had me totally smitten with his dazzling blue eyes and long dark lashes. Just the ...more
Lisa
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'veI loved the Rollers. I'd head down to the local music 🎶store and buy 16 and Tigerbeat magazines. On my bedroom walls were poster's of B.C.R., Mostly Eric! Or Andy Gibb. Eric Faulkner was my dream, also Andy Gibb! Can't leave Andy out, because they were the only two who fought for space on my walls. I was a bit disappointed when Alan stated from the get go that he wasn't going to be dishing the dirt. Truth is, had I known, I wouldn't have read this book at all. See Alan, for me, was the old d ...more
Michelle
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
By the mid 1970’s, The Bay City Rollers, a five member pop- rock band from Edinburgh Scotland, had reached phenomenal world- wide success. Around the globe, their concerts were attended by thousands of hysterical screaming teenage girls— “Rollermania” was easily compared to “Beatlemania” which occurred just a decade before. “I Ran With The Gang: My Life In and Out of the Bay City Rollers” (2018) was written by founding member Alan Longmuir with sports writer and novelist Martin Knight. The book ...more
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I Ran With The Gang: My Life In and Out of the Bay City Rollers

This was a pleasant trip back to the mid-1970s the time when the group the Bay City Rollers were hot on the music charts. It turned out to be a well-written biography of the guy who started the band, Alan Longmuir, a plumber together with his younger brother Derek and cousin Neil Porteous. They had a lot of members who rotated in and then out of the band over the years. There’s an Introduction by Alwin Turner, a cultural and politica
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Debbie
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. Couldn’t put it down. Felt as though Alan was in the room with you telling you his life story. Lots of interesting stories about his life in and out of the Bay City Rollers that even committed fans wouldn’t know about. This book is very different from lots of books about the Bay City Rollers as it doesn’t dwell on the dark parts of the Rollers but instead comes over as a happy book, remembering all the good times as well as the not so good. A real tribute to Alan, beautifully wri ...more
J.S.
"This book is the story of my life as I best remember it, in and out of the Bay City Rollers. I will not be dishing dirt, speculating, commenting or making any shocking revelations about the personal lives of any of my band colleagues. What happened or didn’t happen to them is their business and not for me to state or judge. They can, have and might write their own accounts. In this book I will willingly invade my own privacy, but not theirs."

Alan Longmuir has written a fascinating autobiography
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Mark Rubenstein
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Throughout I Ran With The Gang, Alan Longmuir’s voice, ably assisted along the way by Martin Knight, draws the reader in for a very even ride through an incredibly uneven life. If Simon Spence’s superb When The Screaming Stops managed to put the colossally dark side of the Bay City Rollers’ story into focus, I Ran With The Gang did the job of bringing the light, even if not uniformly or blindingly bright enough to completely wipe out the shadows. Like many before him, and like many yet to come, ...more
Nigeyb
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
'I Ran With The Gang: My Life In and Out of the Bay City Rollers' is the third book I have read recently about the Bay City Rollers.

I am not a particular fan of the Bay City Rollers though I have always had a soft spot for their classic singles, and I was a young teenager during the glory years of Rollermania.

The other two books about the Rollers that I've also read and reviewed are....

'When the Screaming Stops: The Dark History of the Bay City Rollers' by Simon Spence - Review here

'Bye Bye Bab
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Keith Chawgo
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alan Longmuir’s autobiography dealing with his life and his time in the seminal boy band, The Bay City Rollers is an interesting novel that chronicles the good and bad of pop stardom and its many pitfalls.

Longmuir is a person that everyone states as lovely and very kind and it is very evident in his autobiography. He doesn’t really dish any dirt but looks at his time through a kind hearted veneer that shows how much of a credit he is as a human beyond anything else. He is very humble and seems s
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L.K. Hunsaker
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yes, I was a Bay City Rollers fan. Still am. I don't expect that to ever change. However, unlike a lot of girls who insisted it was their image and the tartan and the cute faces that made them fans, that was never it for me. I adored their music. I still adore their music. I could always, as a music lover in general, even a young one (I wasn't a teen yet when they hit the US), appreciate the complexities of the songs, the gorgeous harmonies, and the subtle innuendos covered somewhat, at least so ...more
Alan M
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking for Roller revelations? Best keep looking. Alan Longmuir was one of the founding members of the Bay City Rollers, playing bass with younger brother Derek playing drums but here’s not just a shortage of kiss here, there’s not much tell either.

Longmuir sets out his stall at the start of the book - “I will not be dishing dirt, speculating, commenting or making any shocking revelations about the personal lives about any of my band colleagues. What happened or didn’t happen is their business
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Sue Plant
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this book

a must for any bay city roller fan...an indepth look at alan longmuir life through his eye...there are no words said in bitterness just his own words on his life and times...

it also takes you back in time to those wonderful 70s days of glam rock and flares and the teenybopper times of that era...it was lovely to go back and see his world and what he experienced even to the house he grew up in without a bath and a room h
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Becky
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved reading Alan’s words describing his life as founder of the Bay City Rollers, as well as his personal life. Funny, heartwarming, happy, sad, insightful. A must read for BCR fans, and a nice memento of the idol we miss so much. ❤ ...more
Tracey
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a child I used to run around in my baseball boots with tartan scarves tied to each wrist, belting out songs from The Bay City Rollers, so when I saw that Alan had his memoirs "out there'' I just knew I needed to read this book by one of my childhood heroes.
It is a very good book and insight of behind the scenes of the band. Well written and a must for any Rollers fan
Tina
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Right upfront, Alan Longmuir, co-founder of the Bay City Rollers tells the reader that there will be no scandal in this book. He also says that he is only speaking on his own experiences and, for the most part, he stuck by these two comments really well. Which means he is ethical but it also gives for a fairly vanilla memoir.

I rated this book 4 stars because it is a thoughtfully written book by a man who appears to be, by all accounts, humble, quiet and kind. But this book could really have used
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Big Bertha
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A nostalgic read that takes the reader right back to the beginning. From the early days, the struggles and line-up changes before they became the band that had teenage hearts pounding worldwide right the way through to the latest attempts to get back together.

The non-stop touring, the madness, the drugs, the arguments, the depression 'I Ran With The Gang' isn't a 'dishing the dirt tell-all', its an account by someone who was there from the start. This book has a tone of sincerity about it, they
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Cat
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sad story I've read or heard about too many times. I wasn't a fan, but recall hearing about the band way back in my teens. Never heard any of their music either. Was it played on FM radio?? Maybe it was a AM thing. Ah, well.. I saw this on Netgalley and as I find reading rock stars autobios intriguing, downloaded this one. It's actually better than many I've read. It made sense and didn't ramble around drunkenly or sound like it was written by some arrogant pinhead. Maybe publishers, editors sho ...more
SundayAtDusk
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Alan Longmuir was very likable and this was a very readable musician memoir. It's not a raunchy one, either, but there is a morality matter that keeps me from rating it higher. The man who managed the Bay City Rollers and pushed them up to stardom was a pervert who preyed on underage boys. Alan Longmuir claimed he knew nothing about that, even though there were some obvious signs. He ultimately saw his manager as a good guy gone bad. Well, no, if he sexually abused boys, he was a bad guy, period ...more
Shelly Boltz-Zito
Being a lifelong Bay City Rollers fan, I among many were devastated by the passing of Alan Longmuir last summer. Thankfully he had written his life story for the fans to hold onto. This is a heartfelt, beautiful, wonderful story of a man who just wanted to be a Rock n Roller and did the dream. He wrote with passion, simplicity, heart, compassion and truth and honesty. He could have slammed the people who hurt him, who destroyed his dream but he didn't. Alan was always a man who dreamed a dream a ...more
Dorie
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I Ran With The Gang:My Life In & Out of the Bay City Rollers
by Alan Longmuir & Martin Knight
2018
Luath Press, Edinburgh
4.5 / 5

Alan Longmuirś autobiography shares the best and worst experiences he had on his rise to stardom with the 70ś band, Bay City Rollers. Alanś kindness and humble nature shine through, his approach to life with humor and light is refreshing. All he was put through, he never became bitter or vindictive,
Well-written and informative, this is an insiders look into the
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Cindy Weiss
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
During my early teen years, the Bay City Rollers were a household name, an international phenomenon!
This autobiography of founding member, Alan Longmuir, fills in the blanks of where they started, and all that happened on their journey. The book also explains much unfair management of this young and talented band.
Deanna Stevens
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This a must for any Bay City Rollers fans. I enjoyed the trip back to my teenage years. Alan seemed to be a humble, kind man. The book was well written. No scandals or infighting, how refreshing! I always hate to know when a favorite band tells all and we find out they hated one another.
Lori
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was looking for something light to read on the plane as I travelled to visit my parents a few weeks ago. Maybe I was feeling a bit nostalgic at the idea of heading "home," with its memories of the past, but I wound up picking "I Ran With The Gang: My Life In and Out of the Bay City Rollers" by Alan Longmuir with Martin Knight. I finished it after we reached our destination, later that night. :) Coincidentally, as I read, I realized it was exactly one year & one day since Alan's funeral.

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Melinda Anders
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was a teenager I was a big Bay City Rollers fan. I loved all the guys but Eric was my favorite. This autobiography of Alan Longmuir was so interesting. I read and when he mentioned a song I went online and listened to the song. There was so many facts that were so interesting, like how they had to reduce their ages so fans would think they were younger And it was so hard for them to get to number one and then to continue to be so was a lot of hard work.
Enjoyed so much and it brought back
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