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Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs Hardcover – Oct 30 2007

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“This man was made for touring. Dave Bidini's willingness to see the unusual, to listen out for the noteworthy, even after months of dragging himself and his instrument of choice into far places previously untouched by Canadian rock and roll, makes this book a real treat. Bidini's enthusiasm, his love of the music and the
world, hop off the page. I loved this book.”
—Roddy Doyle

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Dave Bidini has made a terrific name for himself as a writer with the success of his previous books, The Best Game You Can Name, Baseballissimo, On a Cold Road, and Tropic of Hockey. Bidini wrote and hosted the Gemini Award-winning small-screen adaptation of Tropic of Hockey, called Hockey Nomad, which was first broadcast in January 2003. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Janet, and their two children.

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Bidini Writes Again! Nov. 28 2007
By Christopher Schappert - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you are not a fan of the Rheostatics, you should be. If you are not a fan of Dave Bidini's writing, you really should be. In this, his most current work, Dave is travelling the world and sharing his experiences after he learns that his band, the wonderful Rheostatics, are calling it quits after 20+ years and, it seems, his musical career will be a solo venture from now on. Dave's writing is honest, engaging and, usually, funny as hell. Chalk full of stories of his adventures with tons of pop culture references thrown in as well, the book builds up the final chapter describing the Rheos farewell concert at storied Massey Hall in Toronto. The book was very powerful to me as I was lucky enough to be at that show and even got to talk to Dave afterwards. Lucky me! But again, even if you weren't at Massey Hall on March 30th, 2007 or have never heard of the Rheostatics, Dave Bidini's writing still makes the trip around the world with him a joyous literary adventure.
Bidini's Innocent Abroad June 8 2015
By Paul Meloon - Published on
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It is appropriate that I write this review on the anniversary of Mark Twain setting sail across the Atlantic to begin his trip which became his Innocents Abroad novel. Dave Bidini has the same laid-back humor, the same witty insights and the same heart and soul of a travel log as Twain did and what's more, Bidini can play the guitar, too.
This book does more than chronicle his impromptu world pub tour, it also gets into the mind of a man who has been around the world with three of his best friends and now retracing his steps solo. Like a modern minstrel, Bidini tells tales of the people and places in China, Russia, Canada and more in a poetic voice.
When he tells a fan that the Rheostatics are breaking up, the fan optimistically replies, "Well, if you don't break up, you can't have a reunion, right?" That quote makes this coming September so special since the Rheostatics will be reining for three nights in Toronto.
Buy this book. Read this book. And listen to the soundtrack of the book by Bidiniband.
A Good Read Aug. 31 2008
By Border Girl - Published on
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Dave Bidini is a wonderful writer. I don't know much about his music, but his books are a joy. I read most of this book one day while I was sitting at a tire shop getting new tires put on my vehicle, and I was snickering in a roomful of people. Particularly enjoyable to me was the part of the book about Finland. He was dead on about the Finns as I know them. If you wonder what life is like on the road for some of the people whose careers have been in rock music, this answers some of the questions. A good read.