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Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Stories [Hardcover]

Randy Bachman
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Sept. 6 2011

 

Randy Bachman has been rolling out chart-topping songs his whole life—“You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” These Eyes,” American Woman,” Taking Care of Business”—and, since 2005, treating fans to a lifetime of stories on his hit CBC Radio show Randy’s Vinyl Tap.
 
His approach is always fresh—even the most hardcore music fans will be surprised by what they can learn from Randy. Writing music and lyrics, performing live and recording #1 songs, producing new music, organizing reunion tours—Randy has done it all. Music is his life, and his anecdotes put you at the centre of it all.
 
These are his best stories. Even with all his success Randy is “still that kid from Winnipeg,” and his enthusiasm for great music is as strong as ever. Hear how after years of dreaming Randy finally got to see his musical heroes, The Shadows, play live, and then got to record a Shadows tribute song with longtime friend Neil Young. Encounters with celebrities and rock legends abound, but it is the music that is the driving force behind his extraordinary career, and what brings us back for more stories from Randy’s Vinyl Tap.

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“[A] fruitful collection of anecdotes and behind-the-song illuminations…. The charisma of Bachman’s book isn’t in the details—though there’s plenty of that—it’s in his joy of the telling.” - The Globe and Mail

“A brisk and engaging read…. Part of Vinyl Tap's appeal (both the book and the radio show) is his ability to provide an insider’s view of the musician's life. You feel like you're hanging out with Bachman backstage or on a tour bus.” - Times-Colonist

“So clear-sighted, so packed with detail and so fresh, even wide-eyed in tone.” - Winnipeg Free Press

“[Bachman] is either friends, enemies, or former touring partners with pretty much anybody who ever made a record, in history, ever.” - Georgia Straight --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

RANDY BACHMAN has become a legendary figure in the rock and 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 Bachman's Vinyl Tap Stories was a national bestseller.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Memories Oct. 8 2011
Format:Hardcover
I'm an old rocker and recently bought The Guess Who's "Running Back Through Canada" DVD which has transformed me from a casual Randy Bachman fan to a very avid one. Have always had Bachman Turner Overdrive's music in my regular rotation on my iPod, but now include a lot of The Guess Who's music as well. Bachman and Cummings have both certainly earned a place in rock and roll history and their music will live on long after my generation has passed on. When I saw a pre-release ad for Randy Bachman's "Vinyl Tap Stories" I ordered it immediately and am glad I did. If you're looking for a full blown autobiography, this isn't it. Yes, you get a brief outline and progression of Bachman's career from youth to today. However, this book is more a story of Randy's love for guitars, music, the people he has come in contact with over the years, and the influence they had not only on him, but the music world in general. He admits he is truly a lucky guy and the people and stories he writes about throughout the book is a Who's Who of musical artists and entertainers. My only complaint is the book is not long enough because it keeps me begging for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock star story with a difference! Oct. 11 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've read the biographies of many rock musicians, and Randy's is the first one to describe the success story of someone who did not engage in substance abuse or the ill-treatment of others. It's refreshing and reassuring to know that it's possible for some in the music business to work hard, persevere and get ahead, as Randy has done, without having to trample on others or resort to self-indulgence. And Randy was kind enough to sign my copy of his book at a recent interview he held at Toronto Reference Library. After reading his book and hearing him speak, my interest in his music has been rekindled; Randy may thus sell a few more albums. There are lots of interesting anecdotes in his bio; I recommend it to both music fans and those interested in the cultural history of Canada.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Randy review Feb. 16 2012
Format:Hardcover
I have always found it sad that Randy's talents are only know for Smashy and Nicey in the UK and thats how he seems to be remembered here. The book details is early life and also his ups and downs with the Guess Who and Burton in particular. The emergence of BTO from a small band to a world wide sensation and how Randy and Robin, his brother seem destined to be on opposite sides of that band. Also it details how Randy became the musician he is today and, in his own words, how much Lenny Breu and Chet Atkins inspired him. Of the famous people he has met he writes about them as a fan would on meeting their heros. He comes across as an honest man who admits his mistakes with his first marriage and how it took a while to build a relationship with his children. i recommend this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great stories from a great program Jan. 19 2012
By Wheeze
Format:Hardcover
I happened upon Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap program on CBC quite by accident and was quickly hooked. Although there are other artists out there with radio programs and music, Vinyl Tap is refreshing in its themes, music choices, personal stories and intelligence. The guitar themed shows and his tribute to the cowbell stand out as "must listen" programs.

This book is not great literature, but it is personal, does tell some great stories and give some insight to the musical scene of the time, from a distinctly Canadian perspective. Many thanks Randy, "Rock On!"
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