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Long Train Runnin': Our Story of the Doobie Brothers

Long Train Runnin': Our Story of the Doobie Brothers

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For the first time, the incredible true story of the legendary band, The Doobie Brothers, written by founding members Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston.

Only a very few rock bands have had the longevity, success, and drama of The Doobie Brothers. Born out of late 1960s NorCal, and led by Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston, they stood alongside their contemporaries The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, and many others as an iconic American rock band. The train was rolling along, hits were flowing like wine, and arenas were packed with fans who wanted to see them live...then Tom Johnston, the band's front man and lead guitarist, became ill and had to leave.

The Doobies' train came to a screeching halt. All of a sudden the band started contemplating the end of the road only seven years into their career, just as things were taking off. But Pat Simmons made sure they were far from the end and began the process of keeping the band together through most of the next decade.

A soul-steeped backup singer for Steely Dan named Michael McDonald took a shot at singing some of the Doobies' songs on tour, and all of a sudden a new chapter in the Doobie Brothers' story began. The band expanded their sound and had even more hits with their new front addition. Tom recovered from his health issues, but the band had moved on. When it came time for a reunion concert in the '80s, Tom got the call and was back in the mix. Led once again by Pat and Tom, The Doobie Brothers have been touring ever since and maintain a massive fan base the world over.

Never before have Pat and Tom shared their story, in their own words. In Long Train Runnin' they'll change that.

Author: Pat Simmons, Tom Johnston
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: 05/10/2022
Pages: 368
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.32lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.30w x 1.50d
ISBN: 9781250270054

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 03/01/2022 pg. 139
Publishers Weekly 03/07/2022
Kirkus Reviews 03/15/2022

About the Author

PAT SIMMONS and TOM JOHNSTON are founding members of The Doobie Brothers, 4 time Grammy winners and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. Their album Best of the Doobies has sold more than 12 million copies, achieving the rare Diamond Certification (less than 100 albums have done this).

CHRIS EPTING is the author of many books including the music memoir Adrenalized (with Phil Collen). As a music journalist he has written extensively for the Huffington Post, Ultimate Classic Rock and many others.
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