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Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew Hardcover – January 2, 2012
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This wonderful collection of stories from RONNY COX with his editor Barbara Bowers reads like a sit down conversation with an old friend. If you've been privileged to attend a concert by Cox, you know that he spins a fine tale, in a way that takes you along with him.
In sharing, after 40 years, his vivid memories of the experiences he shared with Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight and Ned Beatty he welcomes his readers along the river ride. His anecdotes, transcribed from audio tapes by his collaborator Barbara Bowers, are funny, touching and sometimes wistful. Always engaging, "Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew" answers many of the more interesting myths and legends around this oft-quoted film.
Jon Boorman's vision as a Director, author James Dickey, with his famously irascible ways, even the young local best known as the Banjo Boy, Billy Redden, are all here.
It is now 40 years since "Deliverance" took the movie world by storm and moved into the realm of legend.
I highly recommend this book and suggest that another look at the film, after reading it, will bring a greater understanding and enjoyment than you might have expected.
Knowing a secret or two is worth a visit , and this book is full of them, all told in a voice you can almost hear in your head, that of Ronny Cox,"DREW" in " Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew."
The Chattooga River is a supreme test for the best kayakers in the country and Ronny, Ned Beatty, John Voight and Burt Reynolds paddled the river in canoes without the advantage of stunt men. Even the best kayakers have trouble with the river and these fine actors paddled the river in a canoe.
Anybody who read Jim Dickey's masterpiece of a book, along with the people who saw the wonderful work of director, John Boorman, will like this book.
I read it four days ago and I've started reading it again. A great story by a superb raconteur..
For those of you that nly know the actor, Ronny is also a great folk musician. Don't miss the chance to see him when he''s in your area.
p.s. The cover picture is from his log cabin here in LA. Took out the tennis court to build it!
stories, and this book covers most things I was curious about. I would have given it 5 stars except that he never mentioned
Ed O'Neill (Al Bundy) who had one line at the end of the movie. Ronnie, how could you have left that out?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting inside info on the making of an iconic movie!Published 13 months ago by David M Laughlin
Go behind the scenes and find out what goes on with Ronny Cox and find out the making of Deliverance!Published on May 5, 2014 by boraxo
VERY MUCH enjoyed this short book. We had just seen the author at a recent performance, and feel he is truly a "genuine" man-not at-all Hollywood-ish!Published on January 10, 2014 by connie turner
I found the book fairly interesting. But I thought it was strange that Mr. Cox would take his young children to see a film with anal rape in a set piece. Weird parenting, lol.Published on December 27, 2013 by Stan Evans
Great little short vignets about the movie. We know Mr. Cox personally so it was fun to read the book from that vantage point.Published on December 1, 2013 by Cabel