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Me and My Likker Spiral-bound – September 9, 1999


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Shockwave (September 9, 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0970162804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970162809
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,535,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...a snort of 100 proof fresh air. This book is a must for anyone interested in genuine mountain culture. -- Amy Kerr, Likker Review Monthly

About the Author

Popcorn Sutton is quite living legend in the mountains of east Tennessee and western North Carolina because of his centuries old trade. Popcorn is an authentic moonshine distiller and builder of the still on which to run the brew. He shows a unique sense of character and value system much as our mountain forefathers must have held with which they survived and reared their families. His life has been filled with disappointments and sadness as well as quality times when he grew up on Hemphill, a mountainous community in Haywood County, North Carolina adjacent to Great Smoky National Park. He learned his trade early and chose to drop out of school, drive fast, and chase women. When Popcorn realized that few people were willing to put in the hard work necessary to build a good "pot" or to make good liquor, he wanted to pass on his experinces with the trade. His flow of language is sometimes colorful and obscene; it is the way he expresses himself. He is real.

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This peek into the mountainman's world is a fun read and you will learn a thing or two as well!!
Ladybug
Popcorn made Likker like it was supposed to be made ,he made likker that was safe to drink and it was about the Likker being made the right way.
Samuel R. Large
I received the book written by Popcorn Sutton and I sat down and read over half the book as soon as I opened the package.
Jb Lodge

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By tara heaton on October 17, 2000
Format: Spiral-bound
I have not only the pleasure of reading this book wich revels in the true life of a moonshinner but meeting popcorn was THE highlight of my vacation. His shack was wonderful he has many products in witch to enjoy,he is a true character.if youre ever in maggie valley do yer self a favor and sit a spell with him.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ernestine Upchurch on September 4, 2010
Format: Flexibound
Published privately in 1999, an original script which targeted the public of the life and times of a moonshiner and an Appalachian man who was proud of his product and very private about his family which he purposely left out of his story. Popcorn was an intelligent man who was proud of his craft and had a very humorous way to recall his episodes with authorities. His life ended tragically in 2009 His book was extremely popular because of his creativity and marketing expertise. Read the book for information of a dying tradition.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 2003
Format: Spiral-bound
Popcorn Suttton's book is the first honest look at moonshining from the eyes of someone who has lived it. He makes no apologies for his experiences and tells his story in a straight forth, often funny and usually colorful style. He is by all accounts a character in print and in real life. HE IS the icon for moonshining today. If you are really interested in moonshining, read the book! If you are REALLY interested in moonshining, get his video and watch moonshine being made before your eyes the way it has been made in the mountains of this country for over 300 years.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ladybug on October 14, 2000
Format: Spiral-bound
Popcorn Sutton is the "real deal". I had the unexpected pleasure of meeting Popcorn this past summer. He is an interesting and colorful gentleman. His book is written just as he speaks.... uncensored, informative, and colorful. It is probably as honest a look into a moonshiners life as you will ever find. This peek into the mountainman's world is a fun read and you will learn a thing or two as well!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Oldcullett on August 26, 2011
Format: Flexibound Verified Purchase
This book is an interesting read, but there was only one column of print per page in a large font. If you are looking for hard information such as detailed recipes, how to build equipment or actual measurements of equipment, this is not the book for you. It is just a story of a few of the escapades of the moonshiner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JnA Hood on February 24, 2011
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This book is a really informative book of what the life of a Moonshiner is really like from someone who lived it first hand and is not afraid to tell the truth in his own way.It is one of the best books that I have ever read and if you are interested in moonshine history or just want to learn some information about how to make moonshine yourself it is definetely worth the money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Graymalkin on April 30, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton was among the last of his kind. A true Appalachian legend who embodied the spirit of the fiercely independent Southern mountain moonshiner, defiant to the end.

I have a small collection of moonshine-related books, and Me and My Likker is my favorite. In review, it was Popcorn being Popcorn, talking about his life and lifetime of moonshining.

I always wanted to meet Popcorn, but never got the chance. Now, yet another symbol of an ancient way of life and a dying people is gone. Soon, memories and folk legends are all that will remain. Popcorn made sure to give us his share of them.

Rest in Peace, Popcorn
Ain't no bloody excise men or dad-blame revenuers in Hillbilly Heaven.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Hafer on March 28, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
Marvin Popcorn Sutton was a real piece of Americana. He was the True North Carolina Mountain man, A Maggie Valley Attraction, and later a resident of Cocke County Tennessee.
I knew Popcorn and I have written a series of articles about him. Globalcopywritingservice.com...
As we Tarheels say "He was the real McCoy. Popcorn talked to me just a week or two before his demise. We spoke about his life, his daughter (perhaps), and his death too. He told me how he would never live through the experience if he had to go to jail. I have Neil Hutcheson's DVDs, both of them; The documentary "The last one" and "This is the Last Dam Run of Likker I'll Ever Make." (Sucker Punch Pictures).
Marvin Popcorn Sutton, one of Appalachia last true Mountain men and genuine moonshiner. But more than that, he was an instructor and a teacher with high standards, and would always boast that his product was the best in the world. He was one of the best true Marketeer that I have seen. He had Courage to stand up for what he believed and the guts to tell "it" like it is and the tenacity to continue his public persona, no matter what. I've been asked many times, since my original article came out, what he was really like. All I can say is: Very few people really knew Marvin Sutton, his personal life was only seen by a few of his closest friend. He didn't trust many folks and insisted that he could do everything himself. When I asked him could I write a book about him, he told me he'd write it "his own damn self"!
I received a letter from Popcorn soon after his death, in his own shaky handwriting. He did, in fact revise his book, and he left Pam Sutton his wife more than a legend, he left her a legacy as well.
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