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Buck 'Em!: The Autobiography of Buck Owens Paperback – Illustrated, January 1, 2016
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''Drawn from almost 100 hours of cassette tapes recorded by Buck in the late '90s, this is not your usual tale of the dissolute country artist left penniless by management, booze or little white pills. Owens was a shrewd and hard working operator who chose to invest in music real estate and publishing when the money rolled in, building his own studio and buying and managing successful radio operations around his adopted town of Bakersfield. A fascinating story of a truly under-rated man.'' - Shindig!
''The recently-published Buck Em'!: The Autobiography of Buck Owens feels like sharing a pint of whiskey with rascal charmer…'' --LA Weekly, December 3rd
''Grammy nominated producer and author Randy Poe was given the task of assembling hours of recorded speech into what has become the ultimate book on Buck Owens.'' - JP's Music Blog, November 27th
"Had Owens lived to see his autobiography published, an editor or co-writer might have prodded him to round out some stories and explore avenues that he glossed over in his tapes. Regardless, Poe does a remarkable job of blending Owens tape recordings with interviews and other archival material to paint a vivid portrait of the singer that feels as authentic as if Buck had penned every word himself. Besides, given the way he comes across in Buck Em!, Owens seems like the type to know exactly what to say and how he wanted it said, and would freely tell an editor to go Buck themselves." - Rebeat Magazine
"Owens' candor makes Buck 'Em a rewarding and frequently engrossing book. Like all autographers, and with Poe's help, he leaves out episodes he doesn't care to revisit and no doubt embroiders those he does, consciously or not. But he seems to have had an amazing memory he obsessively notes the chart positions of his many hits and exactly how long they stead there and he appears general careful with facts. Buck 'Em doesn't feel self-serving. For an autobiography, that s a rare accomplishment. As much as his remarkable story, Owens' unvarnished honesty makes this recast oral account of his life a mandatory addition for anyone with an interest in the history of country music." --Texas Music Magazine
About the Author
Randy Poe (Los Angeles) is the author of five books, including the bestseller Skydog: The Duane Allman Story. A Grammy-nominated record producer, he is president of Leiber & Stoller Music Publishing and former executive director of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
- Publisher : Backbeat; Illustrated edition (January 1, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 360 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1617136417
- ISBN-13 : 978-1617136412
- Item Weight : 1.39 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.07 x 0.91 x 8.95 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #435,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Buck Owens was a serious musician and he forged a new direction for Country. In an era when Nashville was resorting to string sections and complex backing vocals Buck Owens played simple Country music but gave it a bit of a kick in the backside as far as tempo was concerned. Most of his music was upbeat and lively. They were fun songs sung in a manner that never took itself too seriously.
Buck and Don Rich blended vocally like no other pairing that comes to mind. While they were technically excellent there was something about their voices that made them sound like a construction worker harmonizing with the mechanic at the service station. :) I don't mean that as a criticism, I like that aspect of their music. They were accessible to the average listener. Buck and the Buckaroos were like the band that played at a local bar, except that they were far better than average; a more polished version of real honky-tonk music.
Reading Buck Owens thoughts made me appreciate his music all the more. He was a Classic tale of a Dust Bowl refugee that ended up moving west and, eventually, settling in California's Central Valley. His story could be considered the follow up to Grapes of Wrath . . . with a very happy ending.
Poe's book is written in Buck's own words and Buck paints himself as a musician with perfect pitch, a photographic memory, who hated the establishment in Nashville and achieved unparalleled success on his own terms through sheer hard work and determination. He admits to having made some mistakes and hurt some people, but, ah well, don't we all? And, in the end it was usually for their own good, he figures.
I came away from the two books with the feeling that Buck's talent and genius at both business and country music were undeniable, but that he also had an unfortunate habit of white-washing his flaws. In short, a highly talented narcissist.