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The Dukes of Hazzard: The Unofficial Companion [Paperback]

Catherine Bach , David Hofstede
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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl (30 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031235374X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312353742
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 793,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Presents details of the show's production, a season-by-season episode guide, and interviews and biographies of the cast. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bo, Luke, Daisy, and Much More
When The Dukes of Hazzard debuted on television in 1979, I knew that it was special. It wasn't just a rural show like Green Acres. It didn't make fun of its country characters like The Beverly Hillbillies. Bo, Luke, and Daisy Duke always outsmarted their adversaries. And it had plenty of action. Loaded with anecdotes supplied by first-hand interviews with the show's onscreen (Catherine Bach wrote the foreword) and off-screen talent, this is the only book to provide the complete story behind the hit series, which can still be seen in reruns today. Yeeee-haaaawww! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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In the late 1970s, the highlight of the week for most 4th and 5th Graders at Huegel Elementary School in Madison, WI was the Friday night TV lineup on CBS: The Incredible Hulk, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Dallas. Of this trio, "The Dukes" was truly the "alpha TV show". Any youngster not prepared to discuss the past weekend's Dukes episode on Monday morning was clearly an outcast.
Yours truly, an educated suburban professional who lives far from the back woods of the deep south where the "Dukes" was set, proudly pleads guilty to occasionally tuning in to cable's Nashville Network to catch an episode. Watching the show brings back memories of childhood innocence, and the show is, in fact, laugh-out-loud hilarious.
David Hofstede brings back those childhood memories in his guide to "The Dukes".
Hofstede argues that although the show was never a hit with culturally elite intellectual snobs, it was a big hit in middle America . . . and the author points out, correctly, that the show embodied noble themes of:
family values: the genuine affection within the Duke family and their friends
doing what's right: Uncle Jesse and the Duke boys and Cooter always helped those in need and were always honest
good triumphing over evil: Boss Hogg always lost . . . and even as the bad guy, Boss Hogg never had any schemes that posed physical harm to others or involved drugs or other "heavy duty" crime.
Moreover, the show had its theatrical merits . . .Hofstede agreed with what I've always said when forced to defend my enjoyment of the show, which is that Boss Hogg and Roscoe were one of the funniest comedy duos in the history of television.
The book includes a complete episode guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta get it if you love the Dukes 28 Dec 1998
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Reading the book has taken me back to a simpler time when Friday nights meant spending the night with my buddy and watching the Dukes while guzzling Gatorade and eating pizza crackers. Very well done with interviews with all the key characters. Details the genesis and history of the show and offers analysis and commentary on each episode. Again, if you grew up with this campy classic or have rediscovered it in syndication, this book is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dukes of Hazzard from a historical perspective 3 Feb 2010
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For many of us during 1970s and early 1980s, the highlight of the week was to watch this TV show on CBS. Like most fans, I enjoyed every second of this show and we owe this tremendous opportunity to a group of talented show creators on television, and crew and cast who did their jobs wonderfully. In this book the author narrates the story from a historical perspective. The book may be broadly classified into two sections; one, the history of making this show and the way the actors were casted, and second section describes the episodes (storylines) aired over seven seasons.

In the first section we get an opportunity to read the work of all the actors prior to this TV experience and how they reacted to becoming a part of the show. John Schneider, in 1970s and 1980s came on several talk-shows and described his experience on the set. Many fans are aware that he is from New York, but certain tricks pulled during the audition (cow boy hat, pick-up truck borrowed from a friend, chewing tobacco, etc.) helped him to pass himself as a southerner. The creator's thought that he is great for the role of Bo Duke. Tom Wopat who had experience in country music brought his guitar for the audition and the two actors became good friends since then. The Another piece of history is the well publicized quarrel between John and Tom with show producers since they did not share the large volume of revenue (from selling various products related to the show and other paraphernalia) with the two actors as they had originally contracted with them. But they were not alone, at various stages, Sonny Shroyer (Enos) Ben Jones (Cooter), James Best (Sheriff Roscoe Coltrane) and Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg) had to walk out of the set for various reasons and they were brought back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic companion to a great series 13 Feb 2012
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With comments by actors, writers, directors, stuntmen and more, as well as episode synopses and opinions on them, this is a great companion. It also looks at the creation of the show and the film "Moonrunners", which was a precursor to the series.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More like the OFFICIAL companion to the Dukes Of Hazzard! 19 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The Dukes Of Hazzard: The Unofficial Companion is an excellent, well researched book on the classic TV series of 1979-1985. Everything you want to know about the show is all here: from cast and crew interviews, along with bundles of information, and great pictures, this book has it all. It also includes a section on the 1997 TV reunion movie, and even has a section on how to build your own General Lee, the Dukes' trusted 1969 Dodge Charger! Author David Hofstede did a wonderful job on this book which I think should have been called The Official Companion, because it really reads like one. It even includes a foreword written by Daisy Duke herself, actress Catherine Bach. For an Unofficial Companion, this book is just a great read page by page! To all fans of the Dukes of Hazzard TV series, I highly recommend this book!
There's also the upcoming second reunion TV movie, "The Dukes Of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood" on the CBS network to be aired on May 19th, so don't miss it! I wonder if they'll publish an updated edition of this book to include this new TV reunion film?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best TV books 7 Jan 2000
By Conner Kent - Published on Amazon.com
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David Hofstede did an excellent job on his look back at the Dukes. From the history behind the scenes before the show premiered all the way to what the cast members are doing now, David leaves no stone unturned and no creek unjumped.
Most every living cast member from the series was interviewed (well, the important ones at least). The book also features interviews with the late Denver Pyle and a fun foreword with anecdotes from Daisy Duke herself, Cathy Bach.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dukes is the best theatrical prod. everThis is the best book 1 Nov 1999
By Marky K. Billson - Published on Amazon.com
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The Dukes of Hazzard is the greatest theatrical production of all time and this is the greatest book of all time!
There! Only the maximum praise can be given to this incredible tome! This book is not only a must have for Dukes of Hazzard fans, but a must have for the human race! We are not advancing properly as a species if Renaissance Books does not translate this great work in to ALL languages, so that every human culture of the world can properly enjoy and digest the story of the greatness, no, awesomeness, no, HUMAN PERFECTION THAT IS THE DUKES OF HAZZARD!
Hofstede tells tales that any fan of years gone by or the ever developing new fans that follow the show on TNN had to have wondered when they watched the show from 1979-85 or over six months in re-runs. The dumbing down of Rosco Pervis Coltrane. The change of the show from what I honestly believe were the five greatest episodes of television ever in the very beginning to the eventual dumbing down. There are so many tales around the Dukes. Hofstede explains almost all of them.
First up, there is the Jerry Rushing/Gy Waldron feud. Waldron, the writer credited for saving One Day at a Time and the guiding force behind "Billionare Boys Club" created the show, and relied heavily on many stories told to him by Rushing, a North Carolina bootlegger in the '50's and '60's who made an appearance in the Dukes' third episode as Ace Parker. If you listen to Rushing, many of the show's characters were taken from his own life. Waldron, however, did meet with 12 bootleggers. I have enjoyed great conversations with both gentlemen. Waldron does admit he used Rushing's stories, but not to the extent Rushing believes. Rushing claims that Waldron couldn't sell his stories until meeting with him, and doesn't respect Waldron's writing ability. Norman Lear, the driving force behind television comedies of the 1970's, believes Waldron is a good writer. If you think this is a difficult tale to weave, you're right. And Hofstede does it with class and accuracy, reporting not a "he said, she said" story, but an accurate tale that leaves both men coming off well, as they should.
You read how Dukes went from being a show based on Waldron's life experiences and research of moonshiners, to a Hollywoodized version of a country comedy written by the driving force behind such unfunny "think pieces" as Gilligan's Island, McHale's Navy, Good Times, and McDuff, the Crime Dog.
After a gradual dumbing down of the show for the first four seasons, we learn how talented the actors and actresses on the show really were. For it was Waldron's characters and the foundation that the actors created for them in the early episodes that carried the show, and Hofstede accurately reveals the writing staff's lack of respect for the show and for Waldron's creation, and how the cast hated them for it.
By the time Coy and Vance came in, the Scab Duke Boys, the foundation Tom Wopat and John Schneider laid out was gone, and certainly Bruce Howard and Co's writing couldn't sustain the show. Hence, the negative reactions that Dukes has developed at times. Hofstede again tastefully explains the contractual disputes of Wopat and Schneider and why they left the show, and gives the reader an understanding and appriciation of both the actors and Warner Brothers' side of the tale. And Hofstede adds poigant commentary that Dukes became a true family show after the none-to-soon departure of Coy and Vance, how the writing improved, and how the show was able to stay on for another couple of years because of that.
Oh, there are nitpicks. Devoting a chapter on the city of Hazard, KY (and native Kentuckian Waldron WAS influenced by the name of this town in naming his series) is a stroke of genius, and Hofstede does another superb job of illustrating what the series did for the local lifestyle and economy of the town. But why not also Covington, Georgia, the location of the first and best Dukes episodes, the real life Hazzard County where many of the filming sights of the show (such as the Boar's Nest on Flat Rock Rd and Oxford College campus) still stand today? And there's a major boo-boo on pg. 136. Dave, that's a Ford Torino, not a Dodge Charger that hasn't been repainted to a General Lee, chasing the Dukes in ep. 10, "Deputy Dukes". I also enjoyed how Hofstede wrote his episode guides, not revealing the entire story but rather giving us a taste so we HAVE to catch it again.
I do not ask that you buy this book. I am not telling you to buy this book. But your life will be greatly more fulfilled and happy if and when you read this work of greatness from cover to cover and feature it in your library.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dutch Duke 24 Nov 2001
By Bookless - Published on Amazon.com
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Being a huge dutch Dukes fan, triggered by the second re-run here in the Netherlands, I started looking around for background info on the series. Bought the book second hand here on Amazon. It's an absolute must-read for any Dukes fan; great book.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dukes Of Hazzard ride again in this book about the show! 21 Aug 2001
By B. Mah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Dukes Of Hazzard: The Unofficial Companion is an excellent, thoroughly researched book on the classic TV series of 1979-1985. Everything you wanted to know about this show is all here: from cast and crew interviews, pictures, various behind-the-scenes information, an episode guide with critical comments (including a section on the 1997 TV reunion movie), a merchandise listing of every Dukes of Hazzard product made at the time, as well as a list of various fan websites on the show (although some of these links listed in the book may now be defunct), this book just has it all! Author David Hofstede did a wonderful job on this book about one of the greatest TV shows of the 1980s.
This book also includes a foreword written by one of the show's regular stars, actress Catherine Bach, Daisy Duke herself!
To all fans of the Dukes of Hazzard TV series, I highly recommend this book to your reading collection! You will not regret it.
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