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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pintail; Reprint edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670066591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670066599
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Rock ’n’ roll is a crowd thing, and Bachman is all for sharing and broadening the experience."
The Globe and Mail

"Bachman, the founder and main songwriter of two wildly successful rock groups—the Guess Who in the 1960s (“American Woman”) and Bachman-Turner Overdrive in the ’70s (“Takin’ Care of Business”)—who has played with everyone from fellow Canadian Neil Young to ex-Beatle Ringo Starr, has great stories to tell in this memoir. The strength of this entertaining book is that it isn’t really a typical rock autobiography—it expands on the weekly Sirius XM radio broadcast Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap, in which Bachman plays music and tells tales based on his own songs or different themes like “Randy’s 25 Favorite Vehicle Songs.” So, instead of a drawn-out history of the well-known tension between Bachman and Guess Who cofounder Burton Cummings, the reader gets a wry, funny, and well-written story about how “No Sugar Tonight” got its title from his diminutive girlfriend yelling at her hulking biker boyfriend. And in explaining the recording of “Takin’ Care of Business,” which became “BTO’s signature song,” Bachmann gets straight to the good part: how a Fidel Castro look-alike pizza delivery man shows up at the wrong studio, offers to add a piano track that gives the song a classic hook, and turns out to be a classically trained pianist delivering pizzas between gigs."
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Randy Bachman has become a legendary figure in the rock ’n’ roll world through his talents as a guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer. Known best for his work in the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, he has earned more than 120 gold and platinum album/singles awards around the world for performing and producing.

Randy has written rock and pop classics—“You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” “These Eyes,” “American Woman,” “Taking Care of Business,” “No Sugar Tonight.”

Randy maintains a home in Los Angeles, CA. Vinyl Tap, his radio program, is broadcast on Sirius Satellite.

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Very interesting stories and well written from an insider's point of view.
Barry
Perhaps it was something to do with it being my first Kindle read, but I felt the lists also seemed repetitive.
groncher
Enjoyed all the stories especially the ones referencing Winnipeg of the 60s 70s & 80s.
Roy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By groncher on October 21, 2011
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I have to admit I have only rarely heard the Vinyl Tap radio show, but the isolated bits I have experienced of Bachman talking about song origins have been intriguing to a long-time fan of his music. I eagerly purchased Vinyl Tap Stories for my new Kindle, anticipating some detailed background to tie in with the music I so enjoy. To some degree I got it, but not nearly to the extent I had hoped for. Unfortunately, this book has quite a bit of repetition, the introduction section seems to cover much of his career path, and subsequent chapters make mention of the same events without much additional information to add flavor. I was also puzzled by the number of Top Lists, which seem to largely act as filler. Perhaps it was something to do with it being my first Kindle read, but I felt the lists also seemed repetitive. None of this lessens my admiration for Bachman's music or respect for his moral decision to not publish a tell-all down-and-dirty typical rocker biography, but I find myself feeling something is missing. I understand that the book is made from a collection of radio productions and would therefore expect some lack of continuity, but I found the lack of chronology sometimes confusing and frustrating. There are some background gems in there, but not enough to warrant the price I paid for the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Felknor on October 18, 2012
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Have you ever noticed that most rock biographies seem to feature the subject waking up from a month-long heroin jag in bed with his best friend's wife, two empty bottles of Remy-Martin, and a loaded Mauser?

Kinda nice that Randy Bachman never arrives at that sorry pass in Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Stories.

Bachman, a major creative force behind two of Canada's greatest bands and arguably the most versatile guitarist alive today, may also be the best-known case since Frank Zappa of a rock musician who has always chosen to "play it straight," eschewing drugs, alcohol, and even caffeine. As such, he has spent his career much as Zappa did: waking up sober next to the same woman every morning, practicing the guitar, and writing reams and reams of great music. How many people can't hum a few bars of "These Eyes" or "Laughing" or "American Woman" (from Bachman's years with the Guess Who)--and can there be anyone left on this planet who doesn't know the chorus of Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business"? ("Skip to the 'working overtime' part!" Homer Simpson barks, on a "Simpsons" episode dedicated to his musical hero.)

Always taciturn and self-deprecating, it is wonderful to finally hear Randy Bachman's account of the rock n' roll world through the bracing senses of someone who survived it sober. Growing up in the remote prairie town of Winnipeg, Manitoba--where kids would drive "down to Fargo" to buy records--we hear of Randy's coming of age in a surprisingly vibrant music scene that allowed him to befriend both Neil Young and jazz guitar great Lenny Breau while still in his teens (not to mention Guess Who vocalist Burton Cummings, with whom Bachman formed a Lennon-McCartneyesque songwriting partnership).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spade Hackle on October 17, 2012
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Filling in the gaps of my Rock and Roll History! Great stories from Winnipeg to London to LA! The Guess Who, BTO,and Neil Young stories all in one!
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By Barry on June 3, 2014
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Very interesting stories and well written from an insider's point of view. Can't wait for Amazon to offer his second book.
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Enjoyed all the stories especially the ones referencing Winnipeg of the 60s 70s & 80s.

In an easy narrative it was fun to read!
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By Geoffrey T. Richard on April 16, 2014
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Randy shares some great stories and experiences. Wow-what a great Guitar Player Success Story! He is a real pillar in the community of Rock n Roll.
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