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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 10:13 AM
I was leafing through the Elderly Instruments flyer the other day and saw "Skydog" the Duane biography. Just curious what you all thought of it. Forgive me if this has come up before.

 

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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 10:17 AM
Read it a couple of times and plan to read it several more. I liked it

 

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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 10:17 AM
read it---a real fun read--informative too!!!!

 

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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 10:27 AM
I finished my copy of the book over the TG holiday. Great read, not much in the way of new revelations about Duane, but more of an in depth study of his work ethic and how he blazed his own trail.

 

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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 10:28 AM
I thouroughly enjoyed it !! A must read for any Peachhead IMO.

 

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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 10:39 AM
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I finished my copy of the book over the TG holiday. Great read, not much in the way of new revelations about Duane, but more of an in depth study of his work ethic and how he blazed his own trail.


Read it. I agree with BDOB, nothing really new, but for those of us who can't get enough it's a great read.

 

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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 10:56 AM
It's on the x-mas list

 

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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 11:25 AM
Lots of discussion on this in the Duane forum.
 
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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 02:17 PM
Read it and enjoyed it. Agree with BDOB - didn't really offer a large glimpse into the man but it did give a lot of details on his work - enjoyed the information re: his studio work.

 

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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 03:10 PM
i read it, and found it quite infomative and well written.

our "bongorandy" is Randy Poe, just FYI.

 

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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 03:47 PM
I also read it and enjoyed it. And, he brought up the good with the bad as far as Duane goes. I've heard many stories from folks that knew him about his unique ability to rub folks the wrong way at times. At the same time, he had that other side to him that was purely motivated as far as music goes and with a true ability to be a leader. I found it intriguing to think of the timeline as far as his musical evolution went. It really wasn't a long period of time between deciding to first learn slide guitar, which, like first learning the fiddle, can drive folks crazy, to when he had it down cold and was kicking tail with it. I like this quote by Duane that is in the book,

"The first stuff I heard was Hank Williams and Flatt & Scruggs on my grandma's old 78 player." Good to see that he had some bluegrass infused in his brain at an early age. I just passed that quote on to Gary Scruggs, Earl's son and bass player, who enjoyed knowing that.

Heck, it'd be fun enough just to get some partying folks to read out loud, as fast as they can, the third sentence of the third paragraph of Billy Gibbons forward.

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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 03:52 PM
It's a great book! I read it in a few days while traveling to see Justin, my son. I started reading it again on the way back. It's a must!

 

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  posted on 12/1/2006 at 06:43 PM
Just bought it online a few days ago. I guess it's now in the cargo room of a jumbo jet
or Boeing 767 flying over the Atlantic. Can't wait. Really looking forward to reading this.

 

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  posted on 12/2/2006 at 09:54 AM
I hope Santa will drop that one off at my house for Christmas!

 

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  posted on 12/2/2006 at 10:16 AM
really good read...enjoyed it
 

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  posted on 12/2/2006 at 10:25 AM
A great read ! Thanks Bongorandy !
 

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  posted on 12/2/2006 at 11:18 PM
Wow! Thanks to all of you for the kind words about the book. "Skydog" just made the cover of this week's "Austin Chronicle," along with 3 other music-related books. I did a radio interview on WGN Chicago last night that was supposed to last for 20 minutes and ended up going for an hour. Sunday night I'm doing Allan Handelman's syndicated radio show, and then next week I go into a recording studio here in L.A. for an interview by "Elwood Blues" (Dan Aykroyd) for the House of Blues' syndicated radio show.

Since most of you who've posted here said that you've already read the book, I'll share this: Got an email from Dave Herman earlier this week. He's now living in St. Croix. He said some really nice things about the book, and then asked me if I knew where he could get an audio copy of the interview he did with Duane - the one I went into a bit of detail about in the book. Turns out he doesn't have any audio from his radio days, even though he was the king of the deejays in NYC in the '60s, '70s, and '80s. So, I made a copy for him and sent it to him a couple of days ago.

If you're not already aware of it, that classic interview of Duane by Dave Herman is available right here on this website. Just go to "People," click on Duane's name, and you'll find a link to it in the third paragraph.

Thanks again to all of you for being so kind.

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  posted on 12/3/2006 at 12:38 PM
The Al Handelman Show airs from the WRFX studios in Charlotte on Sunday nights 10pm-1:00am.(EST) The show streams on the internet. The "Listen Now" button is on the upper right of their webpage..... wrfx.com Al's show is also syndicated so it may be available on your radio dial.

Tune in early to listen to one of the best blues shows on the airways, "Smokin' Blues" with my friend, Rick Ballew...7:00pm-10:00pm(EST)unless there is a Panthers game conflict..

 

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  posted on 12/3/2006 at 04:32 PM
Great book.... I will read it again... on my next vacation... love and absorb all information about Duane and the brothers... I wish the surviving members would all write books recounting their own personal memories in the birth of their friendships, brotherhoods, band... what a treat that would be...

 

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  posted on 12/4/2006 at 08:25 PM
Randy, I enjoyed your interview on Al's show on Sunday night!! Let us kinow when you'll be doing more of them that will be streaming so that we can listen in.

 

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  posted on 12/5/2006 at 08:48 AM
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Great book.... I will read it again... on my next vacation... love and absorb all information about Duane and the brothers... I wish the surviving members would all write books recounting their own personal memories in the birth of their friendships, brotherhoods, band... what a treat that would be...
Rainy, I agree totally. I can't get enough info on the early days, the ORIGINAL brotherhood aspect of the band, before fame, fortune and excess blew the thing apart. Remember, Red Dog and Willie Perkins have written books, Kim Payne is supposed to be working on his own personal account of the early days, as well as Gregg. Word is Galdrielle is working on a book about her dad. All we need now is an account from Butch and Jaimoe, and perhaps Callahan.

I think a debt of gratitude can be paid to Callahan for a lot of the shows in the trade circles. He was the sound guy back then, and a lot of these shows (not sure exactly which) were sound board tapes.

Thanks again Randy!

 

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  posted on 12/5/2006 at 10:53 AM
The Sandlins' are working on one too.

All this is very encouraging. Duane has never been given proper credit for his contribution to advancing American music, IMHO. Perhaps the time has come when a wider audience will take a longer look at his complete body of work, and judge it on merit. He did so much in such a short time, didn't have the Allman Brothers Band to listen to when he was creating a new approach to music. He's gone 35 years now, what he created stands the test of time.


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  posted on 12/5/2006 at 11:51 AM
I bought another copy while in Maine and gave it to Justin to read on the long plane ride over to Japan. I can't say enough good things about this book.

 

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  posted on 12/5/2006 at 11:52 AM
Oh, and I would have bought the 2nd copy at the Hittin the Note website (as I buy anything I can from my friends there) but I was in Maine and wanted to give Justin the book for his birthday before I left.

Go to www.hittinthenote.com and get one or two or three copies for family and friends for Christmas

 

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  posted on 12/5/2006 at 11:55 AM
It really is a great read. I read "new" stuff, probably because I don't read every thing ever written or posted here I do see the missing area of Duane being shown personally maybe in more depth. That is where interviews for that purpose should happen with the remaining four original brothers. To be the typical "Gotta find something to grumble about" Bird, here it is.... My suggestion for future reprint editions would be a glossy picture section in the middle, rather than the grainy pics throughout. Also, maybe a more flattering cover photo for the jacket.....

Other than those minor gripes, a really great effort that fills in a huge missing gray zone, well done.

 

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