'The Search For Myself' - review in April's Record Collector magazine


One Searcherís story: return to Pender

Regrettably, an unresolved enmity means that two incarnations of The Searchers are currently in operation: those who are legally entitled to take the definite article, and Mike Penderís Searchers. Penderís moral entitlement to part share the name appears inarguable, as a founder member and key Rickenbacker-wielding attribute of Merseybeatís second-in-command; following Frank Allenís 2009 memoir, The Searchers And Me, itís Penderís turn to weigh in with his perspective. 

The Search For Myself, only available from Penderís fan club, devotes a considerable word count to the internecine wrangling and disputatious Chinese whispers that eventually led to a High Court judgment. If this imparts a wearying undertone to the narrative, itís to Penderís credit that he presents both sides of the argument. Furthermore, itís hard to take issue with his clear-headed self-appraisal, and a bracing openness that extends to revealing the sum in his capital account on leaving the original band.

Later chapters read like an extended tour itinerary, as Penderís Searchers embark upon a succession of package tours with fellow 60s survivors. Some may view these as a purgatorial fallback, antithetical to that decadeís forward-looking spirit, but Pender is clearly having the time of his life, and consistently conveying that feeling to audiences worldwide. Long may he jangle. 

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Genuine Article | ISBN 97809931213, 269 pages
Reviewed by Oregano Rathbone