Why Does Big Bucks Burnett Need Big Bucks to Buy Back His Letter from Pete Townshend?
In a February 5 emailed, Bucks explained the meaning behind the missive: "it pertains to the Ronnie Lane autobiography I was supposed to help Ronnie with." Says Bucks now, it's "the only existing evidence of my deal with Pete to help Ronnie Lane publish his autobiography, from '85, when I lived with him." Lane, that is, not Townshend. Alas, says Bucks, "Manager botched the deal." Always does.
Yesterday, after Bucks dispatched another plea for help, I sent him a few other questions about why he sold it in the first place, whether he can even tell for sure if this is the real thing and not a copy of his original and why he's now in such a panic to get it back. He explains ...
To whom did you sell the original letter? And why?
Pete wrote me 13 letters and a postcard in the '80s. He answers his fan mail like nobody's biz. Sold all but the postcard to an autograph dealer for good/quick money to raise recording funds for first Volares album in '90s. One of the letters recently turned up at a Hard Cock Cafe in Maryland -- a friend sent me a pic. Just discovered this one on eBay. Seller is reducing price from 600 to 450 if I can pay by 2/20. I made Xeroxes of all of them but God knows where they are -- and for this one, I want the original, to have, to hold and to scan.
By the way, I wrote Pete in '82 begging him to let me backstage, and he sent a letter authorizing me to come back after the show, which I did, which is how I finally met him. Science Faction.
Are you sure the one on eBay is the real one?
Yep -- I asked where he got it, and he named the dealer I sold it to.
And why do you need it back?
For inclusion in a book my agent is shopping: Namedropper. It will be the story of me wasting my life meeting all my heroes. We are working on other concepts too, once which is nearing fruition. I need to take typing lessons and learn Word and shit.