Magazine article Variety

Sam's Land of Enchantment

Magazine article Variety

Sam's Land of Enchantment

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There's perhaps no writer who more vividly and colorfully expresses New Mexico cowboy culture than 01' Max Evans, as just about everyone, including his wife, Pat, refers to him. A call to the Albuquerque home of the 88-year-old cowboy, miner, raconteur and author of "The Rounders," "Hi Lo Country," "The OneEyed Sky" and other Southwest classics will usually get answered by Pat, who offers to "get 01' Max on the phone." One of 01' Max's most colorful compadres was the late film director-writer Sam Peckinpah.

Not content with penning "Sam Peckinpah: Master of Violence," his book about their adventures while Peckinpah was making "The Ballad of Cable Hogue," Evans has completed "Goin' Crazy With Sam Peckinpah and All Our Friends" with Robert Nott (U. of New Mexico Press).

The book is chockablock with wild and woolly tales, but according to Evans, the Peckinpah who regularly visited him in New Mexico "was a whole different human being" than the raucous, often dangerous Peckinpah of filmmaking lore. …

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