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We Were Tourists-bookcover

By: Jim Toomey

We Were Tourists

Pages: 128 Ratings: 4.5
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Jim Toomey was already a successful drummer when he became a part of a new group, The Tourists, in the late seventies. He formed the group with Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Peet Coombes and Eddie Chin.From their early beginnings in London, finding their sound and their voice, through their success, their recordings, TV appearances, and their tours across the world, this is the story of The Tourists, told by the man sitting behind the drums.In a series of anecdotes and tales of the band's journey, we gain insight into the inner workings of a successful band; the fun and success, but also the work, the creativity, the pressures of seemingly endless tours, the good and the bad sides of the business, and the all too familiar trajectory of a band which sowed the seeds of music which endure 40 years later.

Having spent his entire life touring and travelling the world, Jim Toomey has finally settled down in Brisbane, Australia where he now lives with his young family.

Still playing occasional gigs in a jazz and blues trio, Jim has recently turned to writing and does some acting work, appearing as an extra in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

Turning professional in 1965 at the height of the beat boom in England, he survived the hippie revolution and highs and lows of life as a rock musician in a variety of bands. Jim was a founder member and drummer in The Tourists from day one.

Customer Reviews
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  • Bookworms Bookclub /Ann Sims

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Jim Toomey 's Novella. His quick with comes through the pages very clearly and from the start of the book through to the end I had the fun feeling of having stepped into the Rock stars world. A fast pace some crazy and unforgettable adventures as the Tourists tour the world and get into some amazong and hilarious situations. I felt that Jim Toomey lysine natural drum Rythm and being a song writer made it easy for him to write in an Authentic and true to self style. I have just bought 2 copies for friends who are old fans and I know will have a feel good feel after entering the story and time of the we Where Tourists Book.

  • Linda Lambley

    Gave me a great insight into the life of a rockstar during this time. Must read!!

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