Brock Walsh

Sports Memoir

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Advance Praise for Die Happy

"Die Happy is a delight. I've never played golf and thought I had zero interest in it. But I'm drawn to literary tales about drive and ambition, about the need to extract lessons from painful experience, about the tireless search for aesthetic perfection. On all these levels, Walsh succeeds admirably. To my amazement, I found myself following the book's final eighteen holes with tense fascination. Walsh gives us a big-hearted adventure."
Brad Leithauser
Author of
The Art Student's War

“Stirring, instructive and beautifully written, Walsh’s tale of his quest for par golf is a free drop for anyone whose life has gotten lost in the woods.”
Roger Director
Author of
I Dream in Blue

"Brock Walsh has captured the essence of the game of golf-- it is the quest!"
Eddie Merrins
Author of Playing A Round With the Little Pro: A Life in the Game and Swing the Handle Not the Clubhead


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Die Happy

Golf, Life and the Perils of Par

In a chaotic and uncertain world, the goals we set can soothe our fears and guide our destiny. Brock Walsh, a Los Angeles songwriter and avid golfer, pursued a two-year quest to shoot a round of “level par,” a feat achieved by one amateur in a thousand. What he didn’t know was that life was cuing up its own slew of challenges that would test him far more.

Walsh takes us on a wild ride of harrowing reversals and surprising victories. He is betrayed by his business partner, loses his job, has to fight to keep his home, while his wife battles a life-threatening drug resistant bacteria. Staring into this dark vista, he is forced to contemplate deeper issues of aging, courage and self. For Walsh, who has had a sterling career writing songs for the major stars of his generation, the change in fortune could not have been more vertiginous.

Die Happy is a golf story, a love story, and a life story. Whether he takes us backstage with the Rolling Stones, into the studio with Michael Jackson, or down the tree line at the municipal golf course with the dawn patrol, Walsh weaves a tale that is smart, funny, and heartbreakingly real.

After graduating from Harvard, Brock Walsh began his professional life as a touring musician and back-up singer for Linda Ronstadt, Karla Bonoff, and Andrew Gold with whom he produced such hits as “Lonely Boy” and “Thank You For Being a Friend.” He was a staff producer for Quincy Jones and has written and produced hits for such artists as Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, The Pointer Sisters, and Aretha Franklin. He lives in Santa Monica with his wife and three children.