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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Decent Hill (January 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936085593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936085590
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,935,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With a career that spans over a hundred and twenty-five films and television shows, Ronny Cox is often ironically identified with the villains he has played in movies like TOTAL RECALL, ROBOCOP and the ruthless politician in the hit science fiction TV series STARGATE. Ronny's first film … his first time acting in front of a camera was as the guitarist in the famous "dueling banjos" scene in the Warner Bros. hit movie DELIVERANCE. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Ronny Cox (ronnycox.com) is an artist who wears a variety of hats -- from actor to musician to family man -- but if there is one common thread that pulls it all together it's the "real" person that wears each hat and the warmth his craft brings to anyone exposed to his many talents. His musical style is eclectic and he confesses that he has no set-in-stone criteria for picking or writing songs.

Ronny grew up in New Mexico listening to Texas Swing tunes, but then played rock & roll in high school, and was eventually drawn to folk music after graduating from college. Born in Cloudcroft, New Mexico, he's the son of Lounette (nee Rucker) and Bob P. Cox, a carpenter who also worked at a dairy and played guitar for all the local fiddlers when the overhauls were peeled off. Ronny grew up in Portales, New Mexico, and his craft as a singer/songwriter is a testament to his life on the Southwestern desert. The third of five children and a father to two sons of his own, Ronny brings his extraordinary view of life into a magnetic, likeable, onstage persona.

With a career that spans over a hundred and twenty-five films and television shows, Ronny Cox is often ironically identified with the villains he has played in movies like Total Recall, Robocop and the ruthless politician in the hit science fiction TV series Stargate. Ronny's first film, his first time acting in front of a camera was as the guitarist in the famous "dueling banjos" scene in Deliverance. His second big film was Bound for Glory, Hal Ashby's film about Woody Guthrie.

The truth is that Ronny has been writing songs and telling stories for over four decades. Only in the last 10 years has the world seen him evolve from being an "actor who sings" into knowing him as a "singer who happens to have a pretty fair career acting."

His first album, titled Ronny Cox, was released in 1993 for Mercury Records in Nashville and, according to Ronny, was "pretty much a country record, at least it seemed so to me." For his next album, Acoustic Eclectricity (2000) Ronny wanted a more "folkie" approach, so he turned to his son, John, to produce it. Cowboy Savant (2002) was a studio album produced by Wendy Waldman and his next two albums, Ronny Cox Live(2004) and At the Sabastiani (2006), were recorded live with almost no over dubs or corrections, "The idea was to capture that spontaneous magic ,to give people a real sense of what we do in a live performance."

For his next release, in 2007 Ronny's friend, producer and musician Jack Williams encouraged Ronny do a tribute album to the great Mickey Newbury, one of the great Texas songwriters. How I Love Them Old Songs (2007) was dedicated to Mary and re-released in February of 2010.

"I enjoy all kinds of music and I try to bring that eclectic approach to the music I play, Ronny says. "I'm interested in weaving a tapestry of songs and stories with an over-all arc that eventually comes together and tells us something about 'the human condition'. I know that sounds kinda pompous... but that's what I'm trying to do..... and to have a few laughs along the way."

A few years ago, Ronny's wife Mary passed away. He met Mary when he was 14 and she was his only love, he meant everything to him. He confesses that one of the ways he has dealt with the loss of Mary has been through the music. The result is Ronny Cox's newly released album, Ronny Cox -- Songs with Repercussions, a personal studio collection of songs that are mostly selected from other sources with three original songs. Repercussions made it to the #1 spot of the Folk DJ list in the summer of 2009.

Repercussions is one of Ronny's finest and most honest pieces of work. "The truly great thing about music is that it's like a double-edged sword. Songs can be frivolous or sad but they can trigger an almost overwhelming emotion immediately. What I have found is that if I open up to my audience, they not only accept that, they also help me get through it. It is that sharing of silliness, or sadness or mutual understanding that I find to be very compelling."

Like Ronny, the songs are eclectic, funny, touching, insightful and compelling. Each tune showcases an original, sophisticated lyric-driven sound and the stories that accompany these songs are something else entirely. "The songs that I write and choose reflect that I pride myself in being able to find great songs and record them, not as covers, but as extensions of what I do as a performer."

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Format: Paperback
Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew

This wonderful collection of stories from RONNY COX with his editor Barbara Bowers reads like a sit down conversation with an old friend. If you've been privileged to attend a concert by Cox, you know that he spins a fine tale, in a way that takes you along with him.

In sharing, after 40 years, his vivid memories of the experiences he shared with Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight and Ned Beatty he welcomes his readers along the river ride. His anecdotes, transcribed from audio tapes by his collaborator Barbara Bowers, are funny, touching and sometimes wistful. Always engaging, "Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew" answers many of the more interesting myths and legends around this oft-quoted film.

Jon Boorman's vision as a Director, author James Dickey, with his famously irascible ways, even the young local best known as the Banjo Boy, Billy Redden, are all here.

It is now 40 years since "Deliverance" took the movie world by storm and moved into the realm of legend.

I highly recommend this book and suggest that another look at the film, after reading it, will bring a greater understanding and enjoyment than you might have expected.

Knowing a secret or two is worth a visit , and this book is full of them, all told in a voice you can almost hear in your head, that of Ronny Cox,"DREW" in " Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arnold Heflin on August 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Ronny Cox is a natural born story teller. This book talks about the making of the movie Deliverance. The author gives a behind the scenes look at one of the best movies of the twentieth century. I lived in the county where the movie was filmed for five years (1998 - 2003). The opening scene of the dueling banjos was filmed on the porch of a small cabin built by the Hollywood set decoration. The house still sits on a gravel road in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. My Atlanta friends loved seeing the house.

The Chattooga River is a supreme test for the best kayakers in the country and Ronny, Ned Beatty, John Voight and Burt Reynolds paddled the river in canoes without the advantage of stunt men. Even the best kayakers have trouble with the river and these fine actors paddled the river in a canoe.

Anybody who read Jim Dickey's masterpiece of a book, along with the people who saw the wonderful work of director, John Boorman, will like this book.

I read it four days ago and I've started reading it again. A great story by a superb raconteur..
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Garland Sumner on January 7, 2012
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Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew...got it via UPS yesterday...finished it last night :)....fun, fun, fun reading. At times it's almost as if Ronny is sitting beside you "telling" you the story...extremely engrossing!
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By boraxo on May 5, 2014
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Go behind the scenes and find out what goes on with Ronny Cox and find out the making of Deliverance!
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By connie turner on January 10, 2014
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VERY MUCH enjoyed this short book. We had just seen the author at a recent performance, and feel he is truly a "genuine" man-not at-all Hollywood-ish!
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By Cabel on December 1, 2013
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Great little short vignets about the movie. We know Mr. Cox personally so it was fun to read the book from that vantage point.
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