Book Review: Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Stories

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Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Sto­ries is a non-fiction book by the famous rocker. Randy Bach­man, a musi­cian from Win­nipeg who was in the Guess Who, BTO and other bands tells about his career and the peo­ple he met.

  • 288 pages
  • Pub­lisher: Pintail
  • Lan­guage: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670066591

Book Review Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Stories

My rat­ing for Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Sto­ries - 4

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Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Sto­ries is a short book with many short sto­ries. Mr. Bach­man has sat down and wrote down great mem­o­ries from a great career, read­ing the book I felt as if he would play a song after each story.

My favorite story is one of the longer ones about Les Paul. Mr. Bach­man saw Les Paul play at his home­town in Canada where he watched through the kitchen door since he was too young to enter the premises. Mr. Paul talked a bit with the young gui­tarist and showed him how he played a song. Fast for­ward years later when, now estab­lished musi­cian Randy Bach­man was intro­duced to Les Paul who actu­ally remem­bered the-kid-from-the-restaurant and about an encounter even later when they got to play together.

Appro­pri­ately enough, but less inter­est­ing to me, the longest sec­tion in the book is the one where Bach­man talks about gui­tars and goes into details about the sound the struc­ture of them. I am not a musi­cian, never was, never will be, but I found that part inter­est­ing because my ears can­not hear those sub­tle differences.

I did enjoy the book very much and I had an advanced reader’s copy (ARC) but I do think the book need to be tighter. I enjoyed the infor­mal style which, I’m sure, works great if you know Mr. Bach­man (I don’t) or lis­ten to his radio show (never did) but for me, some of it sim­ply didn’t work. Many short anec­dotes end with sen­tences sim­i­lar to “what a great guy” and such, leav­ing the reader hang­ing in the air.

Frankly, despite the para­graph above, I wish more celebri­ties would write such books of per­sonal sto­ries. Mr. Bach­man is not only a musi­cian, but a fan and it comes across clearly in the book. I could actu­ally feel him get excited when he talks about meet­ing peo­ple he admired or being invited to play with child­hood heroes.

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Zohar — Man of La Book
Dis­claimer: I got this book for free.
*Ama­zon links point to an affil­i­ate account

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