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Bunnyman: A Memoir: The Sunday Times bestseller

Will Sergeant

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Autobiography: arts & entertainment

The long-awaited memoir from Will Sergeant, guitarist and founder member of the influential band Echo and the Bunnymen.

Growing up in Liverpool in the 1960s and '70s, when skinheads, football violence and fear of just about everything was the natural order of things, a young Will Sergeant found the emerging punk scene provided a shimmer of hope amongst a crumbling city still reeling from the destruction of the Second World War.

From school-day horrors and mud flinging fun to nights at Liverpool's punk club, Eric's, Sergeant was fuelled by and thrived on music. It was this devotion that led to the birth of the Bunnymen, to the days when he and Ian McCulloch would muck around with reel-to-reel recordings of song ideas in the back parlour of his parents' council estate house, and to finding a community - friends, enemies and many in between - with those who would become post-punk royalty from the likes of Dead or Alive, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and the Teardrop Explodes to name a few.

It was an uphill struggle to carve their name in the history of Liverpool music, but Echo and the Bunnymen became iconic, with songs like 'Lips Like Sugar,' 'The Cutter' and 'The Killing Moon'. By turns wry, explicit and profound, Bunnyman reveals what it was really like to be part of one of the most important British bands of the 1980s.

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Praise for Bunnyman: A Memoir: The Sunday Times bestseller

  • When I first heard Will Sergeant I knew it was a new time for guitar playing. He's one of those people that music fans know is just great - Johnny Marr

  • Will Sergeant is one of the most enthralling, enchanting, inventive and innovative guitarists I have ever heard - he is a true original. - Robert Smith, The Cure

  • Will is a sonic master of the universe - Courtney Love

  • Will has all the colours of the rainbow at the ends of his fingers; he plays with a glacial dark elegance. He's a unique and truly brilliant guitarist no one else gets close to . . . he's one of the all-time true greats . . . and one my all-time guitar heroes . . . the f****r!! - Richard Hawley

  • Echo and the Bunnymen brought a look and a sound that were otherworldly - their album sleeves seemingly shot on other planets. With lyrics like poetry from a different time - and those guitars. They gave a generation the desire to be in a band, but with the thought you couldn't be anywhere near as good as them - Tim Burgess

  • Will Sergeant will always be the perfect guitarist for the perfect band; no more, and no less - Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins

  • I first saw the Bunnymen at Womad in 1982. I last saw them in London in 2019. Nothing changed . . . still one of the greatest bands that this country has produced. Effortlessly cool - Terry Hall

  • Echo and the Bunnymen were a massive band for me . . . They had an utterly unique sound and perspective . . . and as an aspiring teenage guitarist I was especially drawn to and influenced by Will Sergeant's playing and sound . . . hypnotic and other-worldly . . . filling my head and inspiring me with beautiful melodies and sounds. Thank you Will . . . - Ed O'Brien, Radiohead

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Will Sergeant

Will Sergeant is a founding member of iconic rock band Echo & the Bunnymen. He has been cited as an influence for many bands and artists from around the world, including U2, Moby, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Coldplay, Richard Hawley, Radiohead and many others.

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