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Gold Buckle Dreams: The Rodeo Life Story of Chris LeDoux School & Library Binding – October, 1997

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Product Details

  • School & Library Binding
  • Publisher: Topeka Bindery (October 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785719849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785719847
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,951,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2000
I actually read this book about 4 years agoand thought that it was an excellent review of Chris's life. I began listening to Chris at an early age and was very interested to learn more about his life and this book was just the tool i needed. There are some excellent pictures of Chris riding broncs, and others of him in his younger years. I highly recommend this book to any one who is a Chris Ledoux fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 2002
Anyone who's every rodeo'ed or thought about going do the road, pick this book up, through your rigging on and hang on for a wild 8 second ride!
As both a former rodeo cowboy and long time Chris Ledoux fan, I found this book a very excellent read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Ehlers on September 3, 2011
I bought this book during an impromptu overnight stay in Kaycee, Wyoming after visiting the park that has been built as a memorial to Chris LeDoux. I had been a fan of his music for years, and had the opportunity to see him in a number of live shows, but never got to watch him during his rodeo career. I promised myself if I ever got close to Kaycee, I would visit the park. Having the opportunity to meet some of the nice people of Kaycee, it was fun to read about folks with the same last names in the book, knowing that I'd visited with a few of their relatives during my trip.

"Gold Buckle Dreams: The Rodeo Life Story of Chris LeDoux" is written almost in the first person - that is to say, the tone is almost as if you were hearing Chris tell his own story. For a long time after finishing the book, I couldn't figure out why I thought that. Then it dawned on me that much of the story has indeed been told in Chris's own words, through his songs. I don't know if the author used this as a mechanism intentionally or if it was just a natural extension of his familiarity with Chris, but for me, at least, it created a connection.

If you are a devoted fan of Chris LeDoux, if you're a rodeo junkee, if you appreciate honest writing about western life, if you are curious what it really is like to be a professional athlete in America's only true sport, or if you just want to own a little piece of American history, then you should buy this book. It is an easy read and hard to put down. I wish there were a similar account of his musical career, detailing the ins and outs of first making your own music, then dealing with record labels, the concert trail, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janet K Hoadley on November 6, 2005
This is a look behind a legend - something I'm sure he'd deny. Chris left this world much too soon, but this covers his early days before Nashville took note through his name being mentioned in Garth's song. For Chris fans or rodeo fans...excellent book.
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