Dust jacket by Gavin L. O'Keefe
THE COMPLEAT CALHOON
by Fender Tucker
Why should you shell out the price of two hamburgers for this 410 page book?
Here's what Ed Gorman says:
"... his masterpiece has to be The Compleat Calhoon. It's a man's life done in short witty insightful pieces. I'm reading three or four pieces a week and find myself eager to get back to it.
I wasn't sure I was going to like it -- I'm not much for autobiographies -- but I not only like it, I admire it. Through judicious editing and clear, concise writing he tells us not only about himself but his Southern culture, his friends, the life of a musician, husband, writer and daydreamer.
And Bill Crider sez:
I've read some of those memoirs, and I agree. Fine stuff.
You can buy this book at Amazon but you really should buy it directly from Fender Tucker by e-mailing him. From Amazon you get the book, but from Fender you get a SIGNED copy of the book PLUS a CD with all of the 64 songs he wrote and recorded during his musical period.
Here, concisely, is what's in the book:
TALES FROM THE TOWER, 17 short stories, one of which is a true crime story, and six of which make up TOTAH SIX-PACK, tales of Farmington New Mexico as it was in the oil patch days.
WEED, WOMEN AND SONG, 9 autobiographical ramblings, including several subversive army yarns, a couple of sex expositions, and a tribute to Geno Jaramillo.
CHRONOLOGICAL CALHOON, all 64 (and counting) songs written during his musical period (1963 - 1987). The lyrics are in the book; the CD has MP3s of all of the songs -- and a LOT more.
For details, read the introduction -- if you can suffer Norbert Tudwallow's snootiness.
How much? How about $15 with free shipping to the US. $8 shipping to elsewhere.