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Buck Owens: The Biography

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Buck Owens was the top-selling country act of the 1960s, with 21 number-one hits and 35 consecutive top-ten hits, a total surpassed only by the Beatles. Inventor of the Bakersfield sound, he was hugely popular not only with country fans, but rock fans too. The Beatles covered his songs, Gram Parsons idolized him, the Grateful Dead loved him. At least five marriages, severa ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 24th 2010 by Chicago Review Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Scott
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Boy howdy! There's an old adage that says "Never meet your heroes" (or, to paraphrase Louisa May Alcott - "disappointment . . . feeling as so many of us have felt when we discover that our idols are very ordinary men and women"), but while I enjoy a lot of the Buck Owens & Buckaroos discography he was not really a hero or idol to me. I simply like his group's musical output . . .

And I'm not even a really a big fan of country music -- I like some of the other well-known names (Johnny Cas
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Judy
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Unless you are already aware of the TRUE story of Buck Owen's life, you will be as shocked as I felt throughout the book. I had always seen Buck as a fun, nice, good guy who seemed to be someone you would spend the day with and never once seen anything negative. Well, hold on to your hat because you are about to find how opposite that description truly is in reality. His moods found extremes and could go from normal to rage in a matter of seconds. His band, road crew, wives, and everyone cl ...more
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Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
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M.D. Navalinski
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Eileen Sisk writes a very interesting review about one of country music's all-time legends. It is well researched, well written and enjoyable, although the portrait of Mr. Owens is far from flattering. Buck was born in poverty with a family that had to scrap for its mere existence and moved many times in order to survive. Buck had a very unflattering personality, and his tales/remembrances more often than not deviated from what others remember them as consistently throughout his career. His band ...more
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Tom McKenna
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, great insight into a country icons life!
Dorothy Webb
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've listened to this man for so many years. Now I know his story. ...more
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The country music version of RAGING BULL.
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Eileen Sisk is the author of "BUCK OWENS: The Biography," (Chicago Review Press, 2010) and "HONKY-TONKS: Guide to Country Dancin' and Romancin'" (HarperCollinsWest, 1995).

Sisk contributed the Bakersfield/Central Valley, CA entry to the Continuum Encyclopedia Of Popular Music Of The World and has worked at such newpapers as The Tennessean (2000-2008), The Washington Post (1982-1992), and The Las V

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