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For the first time, the incredible true story of the legendary band, The Doobie Brothers, written by the founding members.

Only a very few rock bands that have had the longevity, success, and drama of The Doobie Brothers. Born out of late 1960s NoCal, 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, almost died. 

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. 

This was actually far from the end. 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 changed their sound and had numerous number-one hits with their new front man. 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. They’ve been touring ever since and maintain a massive fan base the world over.  

Never before have they shared their story, in their own words. In Long Train Runnin’ they’ll change that.

©2021 Pat Simmons, Tom Johnston (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Good book if you are a list maker

I'm impressed that the narrators sound so much like Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons. There is a voice for Ted Templeman, too. I'm a big Doobie Brothers fan, and am disappointed after waiting so long for this book. I would love to have heard more history and personal stories, rather then lists of every band they worked with. or people they met. I love them for themselves, not random others.

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Incredible Story

These guys are truly living legends with a trail of music and memories. Imagine working with the same group of friends for 50 years. Very special.

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Lifelong Doobie Fan!

LOVED this book! Although I would haved liked the authors to do the reading, this narration team was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed their reading on this journey through the history of this legendary band!