Wednesday 16 November 2011

Book ~ "Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Stories" (2011) Randy Bachman

From Chapters Indigo ~ 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.

I don't listen to CBC and I've never heard of Bachman's show, Vinyl Tap. Though I'm not a huge fan of the Guess Who or Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO), I like a lot of their songs.

I do like reading bios, books by Canadians and music. I was attracted to this book because I thought Bachman would have interesting stories to tell ... and he did. He is indeed still just "a kid from Winnipeg" who has had some experiences, both good and bad. He sounds like a nice fella who is very hardworking who hasn't forgotten his Canadian roots. My favourite chapters are the ones where he tells of meeting and playing with other great musicians.

The last chapter has some of his favourite lists. An interesting one is "Songs Played at Your Funeral" as suggested by his listeners which include:
  • Old and Wise - Alan Parsons Project
  • Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
  • Wasn't that a Party? - Irish Rovers
  • Thank You for Being a Friend - Andrew Gold
  • Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
It's an interesting book to read and I'd recommend it.

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