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Pickin' Up the Pieces: The Heart and Soul of Country Rock Pioneer Richie Furay Paperback – April 18, 2006


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Richie Furay is a pioneer of folk-rock and country rock music. He was a founder of Buffalo Springfield and Poco, bands whose recordings continue to influence both rock and country music today. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Furay is coauthor of For What It’s Worth: The Story of Buffalo Springfield. Today, he pastors a Calvary Chapel church in Colorado and continues to record and perform music. Married since 1967, he and his wife, Nancy, have four daughters and four grandchildren.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; First Ed edition (April 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578569575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578569571
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For baby-boomer music enthusiasts, this book is a must.
R. D. Fonnesbeck
It is a story of faith, kindness and love that will reach those that understand... and hopefully those that are looking for an answer to life's huge complexities.
Patrick Nance
I had always been a big fan of Richie Furay, for his talent as a great (Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame) musician and for creating/pioneering the country rock sound.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Fonnesbeck on April 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
Richie Furay, a great musician and songwriter who arguably has one of the best tenor voices to ever grace the sounds of rock or country, has written an exceptional memoir. Fans of the post-folk era California sound, country-rock, 60's/70's rock n' roll and those faithful to Christian beliefs will all enjoy Furay's unique perspective of how music became his life, and also led him to his true vocation, the calling as a pastor with Calvary Chapel in Colorado.

For those readers who may fear too much Christian influence for whatever reason, rest easy. While Furay has woven an intimate tale of his life, illustrating how his music career contributed greatly to his ultimate religious vocation, he is honest and factual, and resists the temptation to be preachy or overbearing in his recollection of one of the greatest eras of American music. The chronology of the times, his view of former bandmates, the music industry in general and reflective behind-the-scenes insight of the groups Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Souther-Hillman-Furay, and the other bands/duos he has performed with since leaving strictly secular music behind, run the gamut, from the elation of being in the R n' R Hall of Fame, to the disappointment of being considered washed up and out of style when he embraced Christianity in his mid-30's, just as he was trying to keep his profile high as a solo artist. Richie Furay shows the same courage and conviction in writing this book that he has shown throughout his musical career, staying true to his beliefs in his talent, his wife and family and those who work closely with him.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Nance on March 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
I want to admit this right off... I have a very big bias about Richie Furay. I saw him perform live in Buffalo Springfield when I was in high school, live with Poco when I was in college and live at a church fellowship with my family when I was in my 40's. In other words, I am a big fan. And I will read just about anything about him written by just about anybody.

That said, I would be hard pressed to say which story impresses me most... his tales of being a music icon or the story of his acceptance of Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, which didn't lead to the instant rewards that so many "born again" Christians would lead you to believe is the result. The struggle to put back together a failed marriage by faith in the Lord and the story of dealing with a skeptical audience not ready for a Christian music legend is worth the purchase price. Pastor Furay's early emergence as a Christian songwriter predates the "Amy Grant" era by years and as Furay fought his own demons to bring his voice forward, his entire life was changed. But it took lots of time and lots of patience and lots of prayers.

I am not sure where I would catalogue this book if I owned a bookstore. It could fit in music, religion, inpsirational or self-improvement. The message is there for you to see. And Pastor Furay pulls no punches. Being a servant of the Lord, a husband, a father and a muse to the music industry is no easy row to hoe. But Furay's example of perseverance and faith makes this book a no brainer. It should be on your shelf and read multiple times. It is a story of faith, kindness and love that will reach those that understand... and hopefully those that are looking for an answer to life's huge complexities.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Angie on April 29, 2006
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"Pickin' Up The Pieces" is a book that has you from the

first page, I couldn't put it down. It's a great read, you

feel as if Richie has said, "Come on in, sit yourself

down, and I'll tell you my life story - or as much as I

can fit in these pages." It really is like a private visit

with one of the best singer/songwriters of all time.

I think Richie did a great job of putting just the right

amount of God, family, friends, and his music in this,

his second and in my opinion, his best book. This

time he has let us in on his life, before, during and

after his rise to fame in the music business.

This is a wonderful book about Richie's life, loves,

sorrows, heartaches, music and of course the best

part - his path to accepting Jesus as Lord of his life.

I really enjoyed the pictures he included in the book

too. Richie at 10 months, a fourth grader, age 8 with

his first guitar, a Gibson ES295 and his senior picture.

Plus pictures of the many friends who helped him along

the way. Pictures of his fellow band members, and

pictures of other famous people he knows as friends.

And of course pictures of his "Kind Woman" Nancy,

their daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren as well

as pictures of Richie's mother, father and sister.

The worst part of this book for me - was that it had to

come to an end. When I had finished reading it, I wanted

more. But, that's how a "Real Rock-n-Roll Legend" leaves

the stage - with the fans wanting more.
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