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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; 1st Edition edition (Oct. 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771014562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771014567
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23 1999
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A fantastic book! If you are a fan of the band, or of Canadian music in general, you won't be able to put it down. I guarantee that after reading this book, you'll never think of the music industry in the same way again.
This book is really two books in one, blended together. First of all, it tells the story of Dave Bidini and the Canadian rock band "Rheostatics". Fans will relish all the interesting twists and turns of the band's career, while non-fans will be heading to their local music store as fast as possible to hear what these guys sound like.
Bidini's writing is intense and very personal. From the stinking tour bus to the bright lights up on the stage of Maple Leaf Gardens, you'll feel like you're right there with the band.
The second aspect of the book is a collection of interviews with Canadian musicians who led the way back in the 70's and 80's. These snapshots of life in the rock biz are the most the most honest you're likely to come across. Crazy, hilarious, heartbreaking, and sometimes disturbing, they are an invaluable historical resource for the Canadian music scene.
Buy this book, and once you've read it, go buy some Rheostatics CDs. You won't be disappointed!
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By johnboy on July 4 2013
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great on the road story of the Rheostatics. A great Canadian Rock & Roll Story, And in B.C. A must read
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By Brian Isleifson on June 11 2012
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I just finished reading this book or parts of it to be more accurate. After reading the first few chapters I was quite impressed with the author and his self-deprecating writing style. I also really enjoyed the personal asides from the various celebrities who were veterans of the touring business. The stories from members of bands such as Max Webster, April Wine, The Guess Who and many others gave the book the two stars I think it deserves. As I was reading I came upon a passage that descibed Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton as old geezers and the likes of Bryan Adams as lazy . From that passage on I quit reading the authors story and read just the veteran rockers story. Coming from a member of a band who had moderate success here in Canada,and to be honest from a band I had never heard of,I thought the author came off as bitter and jealous,especially of the Tragically Hip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Renee Thorpe on June 9 2004
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You don't have to be a Canadian or even KNOW any of the bands in this book to enjoy the stories as told by the rockers themselves.
It's simply a great collection of road tales in the ever-entertaining realm of rock and roll touring. Of course, the fact that 2 gigs in the same province can be a day's drive apart, makes Bidini's collection ever the more fascinating.
I simply could not put the thing down. Plenty of laughs and funny stories, a couple of shockingly painful stories, and some priceless moments of insight into Canadian popular culture, human interaction, and the music business.
A great gift for your Rockin' and Rollin' friends!
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