By the Seat of My Pants: My Life in Country Music

Buddy Killen, Author, Tom Carter, With
Buddy Killen, Author, Tom Carter, With Simon & Schuster $21.5 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-79540-5
Reviewed on: 05/31/1993
Release date: 06/01/1993
Hardcover - 978-0-517-13866-3
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Writing with freelancer Carter, Killen, the force behind Tree Records, presents a lackluster autobiography which traces the country music scene from the early 1950s into the '90s. Most of the elements that would make this an interesting book are here: a rags-to-riches story peppered with names, as well as divorces, drugs and dirty deals. Killen has enjoyed varying degrees of success as a performer, songwriter, producer and promoter. Most notable among his achievements are his publishing of ``Heartbreak Hotel'' and his ``discoveries'' of Dottie West and Dolly Parton. Unfortunately, Killen and Carter couch all this in a grating good ol' boy style. Only when Killen is describing his stormy, creative association with Joe Tex (``He simply lived himself to death'') does the book emerge from the mundane. Photos not seen by PW. (June)
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