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Road Stories and Recipes [Hardcover]

Don Nix


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Dec 22 2000
Go on tour in the 1960s with Don Nix as he travels from his roots in Memphis. Along the way readers will meet the likes of Elvis, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and Paul Simon. And they'll eat--Eagles drummer Don Henley's renowned texas Chili one night and bluesman John Mayall's Shepherd's Pie the next. 44 photos.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer Trade Books (Dec 22 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825672171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825672170
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 18.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g

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From Library Journal

One of the great record labels in rock and roll history, Stax Records spawned the Memphis sound in the early 1960s. Nix was there from the beginning, playing in one of Stax's first bands, the Mar-Keys, along with the legendary Donald "Duck" Dunn and Steve Cropper and later finding success as a songwriter and producer. In his highly entertaining exploits, Nix crosses paths with Elvis, Bob Dylan, Booker T. & the MGs, Leon Russell, and George Harrison, to name a few. Though the book does not fill the need for a comprehensive history of Stax or the Memphis sound, and a ghostwriter could have helped tighten up the prose, anyone even slightly interested in Sixties rock music or R&B will enjoy Nix's tales. Tacked on to the end is a collection of recipes from musicians both famous and obscure. They range from the primitive (bologna, cheese, and crackers from Willie Mitchell) to the complex (Don Henley's Texas Chili), with a few actually sounding good enough to try.?Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., Cal.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

You cannot have too many sex-and-drugs-and-rock-'n'-roll bios, and this one adds a fresh twist to the genre: after leading us on a loving excursion through the late-'50s-to-'80s pop scene, Nix wraps up with more than 50 recipes submitted by truly "cookin'" musicians. Now, the life-story part of the book is fine. Nix's account of the squalid rock lifestyle squares with those of myriad other rock "survivors," and his reminiscences of rock and country legends Dewey Phillips, Elvis (and the rest of the Memphis mafia), Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, and others amuse, none more so than those of Nix's relationship with legendary bluesman Furry Lewis. In fact, this is one of the better rock reads, as far as balancing music and ancillary lifestyle concerns goes. But the recipes set it apart. Dishes from musicians ranging from Annie Lennox to Reba McEntire offer something for every palate. Especially recommended: Little Milton's catfish-head soup and Alvin Lee's personal take on bubble and squeak. Tasty! Mike Tribby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight To The Wild Memphis Sound May 6 2012
By CB in NJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I couldn't put this book down! Great stories about the beginning of Stax Records, Muscle Shoals & The Mar-Keys. Don Nix has a wonderful memory for all those sessions with Wilson Pickett, Booker T & the MGs, Joe Cocker, Albert King, Delaney & Bonnie and more. Lots of time with Leon Russell and the creation of The Concert for Bangladesh. A quick read and lots of fun (found it for $3.00). Good recipes too.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CATFISH HEAD SOUP DID THE TRICK! Sept. 16 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I don't know if there is a connection or not, but after reading this book I cooked up a batch of Little Milton's catfish head soup and went to a bingo parlor, where I promptly won $42.50 and a box of cigars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book of road stories of Memphis music scene of the 60's and 70's Dec 10 2013
By Dave T. Perek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have read several biographies of 60's/70's era rock stars and mistresses and have been disappointed by most. They either made me dislike them (Clapton), annoy me with their self-importance (Miss O'Dell) or bore me (Keith Richards). This book lives up to its title of road stories. While Nix does provide the stories in a chronological order, they are stories not his story necessarily. While reading this book, it felt like he was sitting next to me at a bar telling me these crazy tales. Nix doesn't hold back showing his emotion such as his love for Furry Lewis or his disdain for Bob Dylan. Plus, his best stories are those that haven't become well known legends yet. At the end of the book I still liked Don Nix and wished he had another book of stories to read.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining Oct. 18 2005
By J. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have a warm spot in my heart for Don Nix. He always seemed to be one of those just off the radar guys who made things happen. Also his brother Larry was kind enough to give a friend and me feedback on a project we did 20 years ago. That afternoon he told Don Nix stories that left me in the floor-none of which made it to this book.

So when I saw this book last week i had to have it. It is an entertaining story of the early days of the Stax record scene, written lovingly. However Don, if you read this, I'm still waiting for the book about the Stax Christmas parties. I hear it would be a bonafide best seller
5.0 out of 5 stars Don Nix is one of music's unsung heroes Oct. 20 2013
By Michael B. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a fun book. Musician/writer/producer/etc Don Nix shares stories from his long and varied music career with a cast that includes everyone from Duck Dunn and Steve Cropper to Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell. That's the tip of the iceberg. And then there are tons of recipes- you heard right, recipes straight from the kitchens of various musician friends. Some tasty stuff.

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