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But much of the book is given over to more serious subject matter. Bachman says he's tried to persuade Cummings to amend the situation multiple times over the years without any success. Bachman sued over the situation, and lost.

It's a point over which he recently found common ground with another of his idols: Neil Young.

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"I've changed myself certain times, or reinvented myself, or remodelled myself, or took assessment, or asked people for forgiveness.

their lifestyles.

"I remember looking at (manager) Bruce Allen. I said, 'Who's this guy who thinks he's Elvis, he comes walking in here?' And Bruce goes: 'Out! Out! Out!'

"I think that's probably 'cause (collaborator) John Einarson got it out of me or something," the cheerful Bachman said in a recent interview in Toronto. "It wasn't all done at once. It was over a period of a year, where he'd send me a bunch of questions and compile all that stuff.

Well, how did it feel reading it back?

TORONTO Randy Bachman's new book, "Tales From Beyond the Tap," isn't a memoir, and yet in writing the tome the Winnipeg reared guitar wizard found himself spilling as abundantly as a jittery bartender.

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However, Bachman's commitment to sobriety "made (him) a success."

"I tried for the last 10 years," he continued with a sigh. "I learnt one thing in the past, or in my life: the only person you can change is yourself and it has to come from within. I can't change him or what he is. Only he can change that.

"The show hasn't started and this guy comes in our dressing room," he recalled. "Usually a dressing room is hallowed ground, you kind of knock on the door and say: 'Hi, I'm so and so, can I come in?' This guy just comes in. And he's dressed like 'I Dream of Jeannie' these pants that Barbara Eden would wear, flowing kinds of things, and scarves.

"Most people who drink don't like to be told they drink too much," he said. "Four hundred pound guys and I was one, or 350 360 don't like to be told, 'Don't finish off that chocolate cake. You've already eaten half of it.' You don't want to hear that.

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"I haven't read it," Bachman chimes back in response. "It's like an album. By the time you're done it, you're so full of it you don't really want to play it in your car for a good couple of months."

"I have no idea what his response will be," Bachman said now of Cummings. "I totally respect him as a singer he's one of the greats. We had a great career together.

Bachman and the 68 year Air Max Thea Jacquard old rock icon linked up for dinner prior to Young's recent performance at the Air Canada Centre. The impromptu meal turned into a warm family gathering when a couple of Young's aunts materialized. And, Bachman says, he and Young bonded over the sudden similarities in Air Max Tavas Grey Blue

A follow up to his 2011 book "Vinyl Tap Stories" and an extension of his likably rambling CBC Radio show Bachman's latest again finds the 70 year old pulling from his deep well of rock and roll stories.

He's four years older than Cummings, and he writes that Cummings' mother asked Bachman early on to look after the talented young singer with a protective paternalism. Bachman's book posits that this ultimately contributed to the schism, as did the contrast between his sober lifestyle and that of the hard partying Cummings.

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Among the touchy subjects touched upon? Bachman's still contentious relationship with former Guess Who partner Burton Cummings, the dissolution of his first marriage and the ongoing acrimony swirling among some of his ex Bachman Turner Overdrive bandmates and siblings who are soon to be ushered into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame together at the Juno Awards.

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"It is what it is," he added. "I've left the ball with him. Done."

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"Then they start to play onstage, I go out to see Aerosmith and hear 'Dream On,' and he's the lead singer. So that became a joke over the years."

"So there is animosity that comes when somebody's telling somebody else, 'Enough already."'

Young, a Winnipeg compatriot who held a formative influence over Bachman, wrote in his recent memoir "Waging Heavy Peace" that he had quit drinking and smoking pot.

"So I wasn't really aware of the cathartic outpouring of so much stuff."

brushes with rock heroes including Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry ("most of the times I've seen him, he's been grouchy," he concedes of the infamously ornery rock inventor) and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, whose Boston band once opened for a then clueless Bachman.

In fact, Bachman argues that his refusal to partake in the rampant drug experimentation that was de rigeur in the '60s and '70s led many in the industry to distrust him.

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"It's hard enough to deal with things when they come up being totally straight and on it all the time, nevermind being blottoed," he said.

can't turn the other cheek and smile anymore."

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