Bluegrass Heritage Museum to host Dewey Pope book signing

Published 9:55 pm Sunday, November 19, 2017

Local musician Dewey Pope will be at the Blue Grass Heritage Museum Monday evening to promote and sign his new book chronicling the story of a band he was part of during the 1960s.

Titled “Action Unlimited: The Band of Gold,” the book tells the story of a group of young men from central Kentucky who formed a band in the early 1960s and subsequently wound up touring in Las Vegas and along the west coast.

“It’s a story worth telling,” Pope, the drummer for the band when it was touring, said about the book. “We were just a bunch of kids who packed up and went west with no guarantee of finding success.”

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Action Unlimited, formerly known as the Maroons, was active until its dissolution in 1967, and Pope said he is still in contact with the former members of the band, several of whom helped share the stories and memories that eventually made it into the book.

He said he was inspired to write the book after his retirement in 2008 because people who heard his stories to suggested they should be compiled together.

“I think the moral of the story is that any goal is attainable if you just go after it,” Pope said.

Pope said Monday’s program will consist of a short presentation and question and answer session by him before signing copies of his book. He said additional signings are being planned for Lexington, Richmond, Danville and possibly Frankfort as well.