Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Stories [NOOK Book]

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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 rock ’n’ roll stories on his hit radio show Vinyl Tap.

His approach is always fresh—even the most hardcore music fans will be surprised by what they can learn from Randy. Whether he is touring around the world with Ringo Starr, jamming with...
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Overview

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 rock ’n’ roll stories on his hit radio show Vinyl Tap.

His approach is always fresh—even the most hardcore music fans will be surprised by what they can learn from Randy. Whether he is touring around the world with Ringo Starr, jamming with Little Richard, or recording with Neil Young, music is his life and his anecdotes put you at the centre of it all. A fifty-year career in music is full of extreme highs and lows. It is also a life filled with some very colorful characters. Randy’s stories are candid and always entertaining.

These are his best stories. The most memorable Vinyl Tap moments are all here, from Randy’s Guitarology 101 to his favorite songs to be played at funerals. Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap Stories opens up a joyous world of rock and popular music.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bachman, the founder and main songwriter of two wildly successful rock groups—the Guess Who in the 1960s (“American Woman”) and Bachman-Turner Overdrive in the ’70s (“Takin’ Care of Business”)—who has played with everyone from fellow Canadian Neil Young to ex-Beatle Ringo Starr, has great stories to tell in this memoir. The strength of this entertaining book is that it isn’t really a typical rock autobiography—it expands on the weekly Sirius XM radio broadcast Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap, in which Bachman plays music and tells tales based on his own songs or different themes like “Randy’s 25 Favorite Vehicle Songs.” So, instead of a drawn-out history of the well-known tension between Bachman and Guess Who cofounder Burton Cummings, the reader gets a wry, funny, and well-written story about how “No Sugar Tonight” got its title from his diminutive girlfriend yelling at her hulking biker boyfriend. And in explaining the recording of “Takin’ Care of Business,” which became “BTO’s signature song,” Bachmann gets straight to the good part: how a Fidel Castro look-alike pizza delivery man shows up at the wrong studio, offers to add a piano track that gives the song a classic hook, and turns out to be a classically trained pianist delivering pizzas between gigs. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143185772
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,193,004
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Randy Bachman has become a legendary figure in the rock ’n’ roll world through his talents as a guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer. Known best for his work in the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, he has earned more than 120 gold and platinum album/singles awards around the world for performing and producing.



Randy has written rock and pop classics—“You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” “These Eyes,” “American Woman,” “Taking Care of Business,” “No Sugar Tonight.”



Randy maintains a home in Los Angeles, CA. Vinyl Tap, his radio program, is broadcast on Sirius Satellite.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Portage and Main 1

What's in a Name? 15

Lenny, Neil, and me 37

The Story Behind the Song, Part 1 51

Randy's Guitar Shoppe 69

Close Encounters of the Six-String Kind, Part 1 93

Shadows and Reflections 119

The Story Behind the Song, Part 2 129

Close Encounters of the Six-String Kind, Part 2 143

Conclusion 183

Randy's Favourites 185

Acknowledgments 211

Index 213

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  • Posted November 25, 2012

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    Personal Anecdotes

    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.

    This 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    RAWWWRRRRR

    Cough well im not good at beautiful posts but jere i go
    <p>
    Clears throat "Randi, buddeh, i love the cr<_>ap outta you! I know we have our rough patches but we always get though them........meh like i said im not giod with dem words"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Randi/Karma/H

    Just- beautiful. e-e I need some new friends :D Ones who have The Hangover as their background screensaver for their phones...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Dismay to Randi

    I've apparently been run over by a truck. O.o <p>Happy Boofday, moi friend. You deserve the best. I wish you da best and most random birthday in the history of ever. ^-^<br>Love chu to pieces,<br>Dismay Fu<_>ckin' Stormcloak

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Hm, funny... to Karmal

    Randi, Stormcloak musta been run over by a truck if that post below wasn't her. Maybe she's gonna tackle ya tonight. Who knows? Anyway, you're a great friend and I hope this upcoming year will be better than the last. Pretty soon you'll be driving! Don't crash just yet though. Lol. Moving on, you always try to cheer me up even when I don't want to be cheered up and you alway make me laugh. Keep them smiles rolling! Oh, and Broken broke into Travel's house last night. Lol, ttyl! Joyeux anniversaire! ~&sect&zhch (btw, I have to talk to ya)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Silvs card for randi

    dear buddeh.
    <p>
    I LUV CHU SHHOOO MUCHAAA!!! HAVA A GREASTS B-DAY!!!!! HERES YA PRESENT!(a rifle with a thousand dollars in the barrel.)I SHALL GIVE MORE IF YOU LIKEA!!!
    <P>
    ~silv(sorry its short. A lot is going on right now but i couldnt ignore ya!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    A card left by an anonymous BloodClanner

    Dear Randi,<p>I have no fu<_>cking clue who you are besides seeing your posts. I think it's your birthday or something. I guess you must be cool by how big of a deal everyone's making of whatever this is. I dunno. I might have talked to you a coupe times, actually. Anyway.<br><p><br>*a bunch of twenties in a rubber band covered with varying shades of gray and silver fur is inside the card*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    Demi

    Hallur, Randi. ^~^<p>
    I hope chur birthdeh parteh ish amayshing. And flurfeh. •~• <br>
    Here's a wombat. Dun spend it all in one place. 8D<p>
    Luvs and hugs and chocolate buttercream noodles, <br>
    &#1492 Demi~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    &Omega Death's card for Randi &Omega

    Dear Randi, <p> Congratulations! You lived another year! I know you in alot of RPs Randi. And I know there are some tense moments in life with good friends; thats how you know your friends with somebody. I know we usually get along well, but for any moments in the future, just remember, we'll always support you. And today's your day to shine. So have fun! Take risks! Do whatever! Beg people for presents! <p> So Happy Birthday! <p> Happy Birthday to you! <br> Happy Birthday to you! <br> Happy Birthday dear Randi... <br> Happy Birthday to you! <p> Today is your day to do what you want. If I could, I'd walk to your house right now and give you the best present of all time. But I can't. Whatevs. You get the point. <p> Love ya! (As a friend) <br> Death, Dawn, GoldenSmoke, AmberStar, SpiritPool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    &starf &star Pantherstrike's Card for Randi &star &starf

    Hey Randomness, <br> I know we don't always get along, and sometimes we do, but when we laugh with each other, I always think, 'Wow. Shes fun to be around!' I hope we can settle our differences and be friends. Besides, youre marrying my dad! We kinda have to get along or we might not survive. <p> I know I wont be around much longer, but with the time being, lets be buds! And Im sorry about your dads girlfriend. I pray for her all the time. <p> Anyway, have an epic birthday! You are now my age! Haha! I dont think i will live to be 15. But hey, lets party cause its your day!! Have a good one. And have may more awesome birthdays that I wont have. AMEN SISTAH!! <br> -Pantherstrike &#49423

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Traning palis

    !

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