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Fat Chance: We Were the Last Gasp of the 60s and the Birth of Americana Music, But Was America Ready for Us? Hardcover – July 1, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 644 pages
  • Publisher: Main Frame Press (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985679026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985679026
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fat Chance by Gilbert Klein is hysterical and historical, and I'll be reading it more than once.
anon forrest
Every time I finish whatever chapter I'm on and decide it's time to put it down and go to bed, I read the title of the next chapter and decide I have to read it too.
GaryW
The author's writing style is excellent with a good flow that makes this a quick read for its length.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By 1977 Radio DJ on July 19, 2012
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I can honestly say I've never seen a book like this...This is a captivating tale...

Very entertaining...this is way better than any book about the Grateful Dead, Summer of Love, or Raising Worms For Fun & Profit...

It's a behind the scene look at a bunch of odd balls & semi normal people.

The read is conversational in style, like the author was sitting next to you, and there is a complicated but interesting story to tell (which it is)...

There's a bunch of chapters in this book, and I find it best to leave it near my bed and read a few chapters before sleep...

While I tried to read this in a linear fashion, I couldn't help but jump around the different chapters...

The chapters usually segue from one to another, and if something earlier is mentioned, the author tells what chapter to look to...

There's some 4 letter words in there, along with a few 5, 6, and 7 letter words...but not used gratuitously...

If these people didn't exist, they'd have to be invented...was it finely honed skills or just plain dumb luck that made KFAT such a big success, doomed for failure when their rag tag venture gained a bit of value (and the station was sold)...???

There's no way you can't smile when reading about people who were called Buffalo Bob, Amy Airheart, Rocket Man, Annie Oaklie, and a guy named Dale Evans...these dedicated DJ's certainly didn't take life very seriously, so why should the readers...???

This book introduces you to folks you might not know, yet somehow understand...

I also dig that this old fashioned book is also in electronic form, and that there's a bunch of clickable links that go someplace...

I'm thinking of buying an extra copy or three because Xmas will be coming up all too soon, and I think it would be good to spread it around to some deserving friends as Christmas gifts...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 6, 2012
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On his dedication page, Gilbert Klein writes "Fat Chance... made possible by the statute of limitations". That's certainly no exaggeration. Klein tells it all -- the drugs, the parties, the dysfunctional radio family dynamics, the drunken armed DJs, the Hell's Angels, the futile attempts by various owners & managers to tame the chaos, and, of course, the music. The crazy blend of rootsy, heartfelt musical truth-telling you just didn't get anywhere else. The 80s are often thought of as a plasticized, soulless musical wasteland. KFAT was the polar opposite of all of that. If you care about real music, and real radio, you need to read this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GaryW on September 28, 2012
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I'm not yet halfway through this book, and I've been working on it for a week now. Every time I finish whatever chapter I'm on and decide it's time to put it down and go to bed, I read the title of the next chapter and decide I have to read it too. And the next chapter. Until I just can't read any more.

It's a big book, both in pages and in enjoyment. I bought the Kindle version so I could read it on my smartphone and have instant access to the many internet links provided. One of the links takes you to a webpage with about 43 hours of some very FAT music, which I listen to while reading. I have also ordered the hardcover version, just so I'll have a permanent copy. It's that good.

Buy the book! If you have never heard of KFAT, This book will tell you what you missed and will entertain you for weeks. If you were fortunate enough be in their listening area when it was happening, you only thought you knew all about it. Again, this book will tell you what you missed. The memories alone are well worth the price of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terrell Lynn Thomas on August 28, 2012
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Dear Reader's,
As one who should know (because i was there), it IS the
true, and FANTASTIC story of KFAT! Music will always be the
healer of the spirit, always. Thank you Gilbert, for giving
me the chance to relive this experience....AND your funny!
Terrell Lynn Thomas
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hooligan Brady on August 3, 2012
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These goons (dj's) made me laugh then and it certainly makes me laugh now. Between the "famous" T shirts, Fat Fryes, full tilt on-air party atmosphere and many of the disc jockeys with musical knowledge equal to a national treasure, this book is a must read. The engineering alone is a testament to American ingenuity. Gilroy, CA touted as the Garlic Capitol of the World, and now a 35 plus yearly festival - what a party. Birthplace of Americana music - of course. The author's writing style is completely inclusive. It's as though he's sitting in front of you telling you this story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jim on January 7, 2013
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a well written book by gilbert klein, i'm in my 60s and was a hipster 40 year ago.a story well described by some one who is a great story teller and was there in sanfrancisco and participed in the new beginning of many things. music,music, music the biggest thing evolving in that era and klein was working at kfat a radio station that led the way. the list of characters and events written about will bring back great memories of the 60s.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 13, 2012
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An interesting insiders view of the daily goings on of one of the pioneer radio stations of the boomer generation. KFAT, eschewing the cookie cutter Nashville sound, and the mainstream pop pablum of the era, influenced and molded a unique musical culture of listeners. Listeners who, still today, shape and influence a style of music so much that the genre itself has emerged and become defined as "Americana".

As a listener, you were never quite sure what was going to happen next, or why; Klein, by giving us insight into the individuals behind the scenes, helps us to put the puzzle pieces together. I find my memories going back to the hours of late night listening,and thinking "ohhh...that explains everything"
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