Corey Lueck, Canadian blues veteran and frontman for The Smoke Wagon Blues Band is also a rather muscular Lee Marvin fan. I can also add that thanks to the miracle of social media, specifically Facebook, he is also a friend. It came about thru the good graces of Google allowing me to discover his band’s song, “The Ballad of Albert Johnson.”
The song is based on a the true story of the largest manhunt in Canadian history, which later proved to be the inspiration for the Lee Marvin/Charles Bronson film, Death Hunt (1981). Upon its release, Roger Ebert & Gene Siskel reviewed the film in an opinion I pretty much agree with to this day. What they liked about the film I agree with as well, making it still worthy of multiple viewings. Their review runs from the 7:30 to 11:45 mark and you can view it here.
As for Corey Lueck, he read my book and went on to tell me, “I was reading it at work and not getting much work done!” With that said, I asked him if he’d be willing to write a review of it on Amazon’s Canadian website. He wrote the following:
“I can’t tell you how much I loved this book, my only gripe was that it was over too fast even though it’s not a short book! I feel like Lee Marvin was one of the pivotal “greatest generation” actors that just doesn’t get enough credit in the realm of movie stardom and cultural icons. From growing up to his time in World War 2 to his drunken on set episodes “Point Blank” has it all and doesn’t pull any punches. Dwayne elegantly and brilliantly lets the stories almost tell themselves in Lee Marvin’s own words in a truly timeless biography. By the time you’re done you’ll want to revisit Lees entire movie catalog.”
The result of his review boosted sales in Canada as shown here:
Can’t thank you enough, Corey for those encouraging words! By the way, Corey informed me that he and his bandmates won several awards for the song and title album of The Ballad of Albert Johnson at the Canadian Blues Society Awards. It’s also up for several more awards at the Independent Blues Awards to be held in Atlanta, Georgia in the Fall. Voting is open until August 31st, so feel free to give the boys some love by doing so on their website.
In the mean time, feel free to check out the nominated video that is truly kick ass!
Also, anyone still not familiar with my book can always find Lee Marvin Point Blank on Amazon.
Until then, Keep kicking ass in the free world!
– Dwayne Epstein