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About the Author

RANDY POE is a recipient of the music industry's Heroes and Legends Pioneer Award; is a Grammy-nominated record producer; and has produced, compiled, and/or written the liner notes for more than 100 albums. He is the former president of the California Copyright Conference and is on the advisory board of renowned folk music publication Sing Out! He is a recipient of the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for his book Music Publishing: A Songwriter's Guide. Poe's other books are Squeeze My Lemon: A Collection of Classic Blues Lyrics, featuring a foreword by blues legend B.B. King, and Skydog: The Duane Allman Story. Since 1985, Randy Poe has been the president of Leiber and Stoller Music Publishing in Los Angeles. Prior to his position with Leiber and Stoller, Poe was executive director of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; Original edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1458402746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1458402745
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since 1985, Randy Poe has been the President of Leiber & Stoller Music Publishing in Los Angeles. Prior to his position with Leiber & Stoller, he was Executive Director of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York.

A recipient of the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for his book, "Music Publishing: A Songwriter's Guide," Poe's other books include "Squeeze My Lemon: A Collection of Classic Blues Lyrics," "Skydog: The Duane Allman Story," and "Stalking the Red Headed Stranger."

Poe is a Grammy-nominated record producer, and has been a guest speaker at music industry workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe. He has also lectured at Harvard Law School, UCLA, and New York University, among others.

Randy Poe is a member of The Recording Academy, and is a past President of the California Copyright Conference. He is also on the Advisory Board of the renowned folk music magazine, "Sing Out!"

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Mr Poe took me along with him on a very interesting journey.
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As a publisher and song plugger myself, I found this book to be the best I've ever read.
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As an aspiring song writer and Willie Nelson fan this book hit just the right note.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jo Maeder on February 27, 2012
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First you fall in love with the absurd alternate title: OR HOW TO GET YOUR SONGS INTO THE HANDS OF THE ARTISTS WHO REALLY MATTER THROUGH SHOW BUSINESS TRICKERY, UNDERHANDED SKULLDUGGERY, SHREWDNESS, AND CHICANERY AS WELL AS VARIOUS LESS NEFARIOUS METHODS OF SONG PLUGGING. But as those TV infomercials say, "Wait There's more!" A PRACTICAL HANDBOOK AND HISTORICAL PORTRAIT.

No one can accuse Mr. Poe of untruthfulness in advertising. Drawing on his decades in the music biz, most of it spent as president of the impressive Leiber & Stoller Music Publishing, every page delivers hilarious stories and brilliant advice for anyone who wants to get ahead in any profession. I just recommended this book to a 17 year-old highly talented sculptor. I also gave it as a gift to a friend who's a songwriter. Anyone I meet who's whining about why the world hasn't served them a five-course meal on a silver platter will be told to read this book.

From Poe's 1980 arrival in the big wicked city - New York - with nothing but $275 in a wallet made of duct tape and knowing no one in the music business, he pole vaults his way to success rather quickly. He crashes black-tie events wearing fake tuxedo pants with black electrical tape down the side and a $5 thrift store jacket. He does anything asked of him. He learns everything he can about everyone he needs or wants to know. He trots out many a cliche and shows why they exist. Like, it's not just who you know, but who you KNOW. How do you walk the line between being impressed by a celebrity you idolize without being intimidated and too fawning?

And how do you get Willie Nelson to record a song written by your bosses?

The lengths to which he goes to present said song to "the red headed stranger" is the golden thread masterfully woven into a loom of colorful personalities, history and anecdotes. The inspired interior design also deserves to be recognized. Savor this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kealing on March 21, 2012
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Frankly, I wasn't sure what to expect when an advance copy of Randy Poe's new book, "Stalking the Red-Headed Stranger" showed up in my mailbox.
This much I did know, I enjoyed and respected the hard work Randy had done in his important Duane Allman bio, "Skydog."
This is Randy's own entertaining memoir of spending thirty-plus years in the music business. But he's too self-depricating and not conceited enough to just make it an autobiography; he takes the time to share from an insider's point of view what aspiring songwriters can do to get their work in the hands of the right artists.
Therein lies the utlimate quest of this book, the thread woven from chapter to chapter. It starts as a simple slight, a slip of memory that in the end gives Poe no choice but to embark on a planes,trains, ferryboats and rented automobiles cross-continent trek to track down Willie Nelson and make good on a promise.
In between, legendary artists, songwriters and composers like David Amram, Bob Dylan, and some of the greatest songwriting talent of this era, make interesting cameos and keep the narrative flowing.
If you love music, musicians and how their timeless songs came to be, you will find this book a satisfying read and the author someone you'd like to get to know(if you don't already).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Sullivan on July 3, 2012
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Just completed Randy Poe's "Stalking the Redheaded Stranger." Poe has now written two of my favorite books (Skydog being the other).

I highly recommend it. What a great story of the music business, Randy's personal story and Willie Nelson himself. Surprisingly, it is actually one of the best business inspiration books I've ever read. He's ideas and recommendations apply across any industry.

It almost has the feel of Bill Bryson writing about the music industry. I'm amazed at Poe's writing ability
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By Rick Smith on September 2, 2012
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I was not quite sure what to expect, but discovered layers of enjoyable entertainment from Randy Poe's book "Stalking The Red Headed Stranger."

It's easy to enjoy one layer of the story and be totally satisfied.

But by opening-up to layers two and three, you can have a triple-spin of delight.

First, there's the tale itself -- and it's a good one. Mission impossible becomes mission accomplished when Randy tracks down Willie Nelson across Canada to pitch him a song. It's a fun, insightful excursion into how things can happen in the music world.

Then there's the story about Randy himself. It's a wonderful, separate tale of dogged determination that goes beyond his stalking the red headed stranger. Randy's story of success in the music industry is inspirational on its own. You will chuckle at his resourcefulness, humility and sweet inside stories.

Whether intended or not, Randy offers readers a nice recipe for life -- whatever field of endeavor. It's not a secret recipe. It includes knowing what you want and working hard to make it happen. Randy shares the road he's traveled in his own career and validates his theories with great tales of his own practical applications.

Finally, even though it's clearly expressed in its extended title, I was surprised and impressed by the meaningful, knowledgeable and sincere guidance offered to aspiring song writers. With a heart sensative to song writers, Randy shares real insights about "making things happen" with those who dare to dream.

The book has a happy heart, fun format, short chapters (mostly) and is easy to read. Lots of side-bar tidbits and entertaining anecdotes. Nice surprise.
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