Buck Owens: The Biography

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Buck Owens was the top-selling country act of the 1960s. The Beatles covered his songs; Gram Parsons idolized him; the Grateful Dead loved him. At least six marriages, several TV shows, and a publishing and media empire followed.

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Yet the man that emerges from these pages is the polar opposite of the aw-shucks image he cultivated on Hee-Haw. A tight-fisted control freak with an outsized appetite for sex, Owens could be genial at one moment and ruthlessly cruel the next.

Buck Owens chronicles his rise from poverty as the son of a tenant farmer to one of the nation’s best-loved entertainers, worth at least $100 million when he died. It is authoritative, counting among its myriad sources seven Buckaroos, numerous country singers, relatives, wives, lovers, and employees. Here is an unprecedented portrait of perhaps country music’s biggest son of a bitch.

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Author Eileen Sisk
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Page Count 400pp
Publication Size 6 x 9 x 1
Publication Notes softcover
Publication Date July 1, 2012
ISBN 978-1613743355

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