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Action Unlimited: The Band of Gold

Dewey Pope

ISBN 10: 1942613733 / ISBN 13: 9781942613732
Published by Acclaim Press, 2017
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Title: Action Unlimited: The Band of Gold

Publisher: Acclaim Press

Publication Date: 2017

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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In the Sixties, when Rock 'n' Roll exploded, there were literally thousands of bands. They dreamed of making it big, but most never got past playing in their garage. Some were good enough to play an occasional gig for pay at a wedding, a VFW hall or even a small local club. Even fewer played for pay regularly, with the prospect that music might become a career rather than a hobby. And then, there were those who were talented enough-and fortunate enough to be heard by the right people-who got the opportunity to take their shot at the big time.

One of those talented and fortunate bands called themselves Action Unlimited. Having made a name for themselves in Richmond, Kentucky, the sextet caught the eyes and ears of associates of Dick Clark's organization, got a spot on the bill of one of Clark's Caravan of Stars shows, and linked up with a manager who had the connections to book them into the best night clubs on the West Coast and Las Vegas.

The drummer of Action Unlimited, Dewey Pope, tells the story of the band's ascent to the upper echelon of rock bands in Action Unlimited: The Band of Gold. Pope shares with readers the band's evolution, their adventures (and misadventures) on the road, their coming-of-age experiences, their brushes with celebrities, and stories about sharing the stage and meeting some of the biggest names in music in the Sixties. Ride along with Action Unlimited in their tour vehicle--a gold-painted funeral hearse--and wax nostalgic as you share in their musical journey that took them to the threshold of stardom--so close that they could taste it--only to be denied entry. Join Dewey and band mates Jon, Kent, Dave, Chuk and Sam and enjoy the story of a Kentucky band that almost made it big.

From the Inside Flap:

Dewey Pope is the kind of guy you want in your band. He is a classy drummer, classy gentleman and now, a classy writer. With AU: A Band of Gold, he has captured the very essence of “a band on the run”. Different names, or different cities, could be substituted and this would still be the story of so many musicians, their bands and their dreams. The long road trips, broken down vehicles and varieties of sleeping arrangements are described accurately, if not painfully, for those who have experienced them. The thrill of meeting, playing with and getting to know your musical heroes is expressed humbly and graciously. Although he never uses the “L” word, it is the expression of love that develops among bandmates . . . in the lucky bands . . . that is eloquently made clear by this prolific writer.Dewey, if we didn’t both play drums, I would like to be in a band with you. --Jerry Morris (former drummer for Action Unlimited) I’ve known Dewey for years and have heard him talk about this band often having no idea how close these guys came to making it. If it wasn’t for a few unfortunate events, I’m pretty sure they would have been a household name. Being a native of Kentucky as well, it was a very interesting to hear where the band’s journey started. I read the whole book in one setting, very interesting read. -- Kent Slucher (drummer for Luke Bryan) While visiting Dewey’s Winchester home the veteran gave me the grand basement tour. To my surprise he had a music studio! Taken completely aback, I inquired and found that Pope’s instrumental talent extended back decades. When I occasionally fished for nuggets of that artistic past, little by little he opened the curtains to an intriguing history. The story is now completely revealed in his first book, AU: Bank of Gold. Hang on to your seats as you ride the peaks and valleys of the 1960s Kentucky band’s trek from the south to the dynamic, spontaneous California music scene. Filled with stories of gigs from Portland to Las Vegas to Hollywood, the band brushed shoulders with the likes of Billy Preston, the Beach Boys and Count Basie’s Orchestra. The “Band of Gold” rode a wave of success that took them all the way to Columbia Studios for a record deal.Once you start reading this book you won’t put it down! --Rick Lee, Veteran and Author of Tribute to Valor and Courage

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