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The Long Trail: My Life in the West Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Oct 19 2010


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada; 1st Printing edition (Oct. 19 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307359352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307359353
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 14.6 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William P. Dunn on Nov. 25 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Long Trail: My Life In The West by Ian Tyson, above all else, is an sincere review of Tyson's life. As we have so often experienced through the years in his lyrics in song, we again have the artist telling his story in such a skillful manner. It matters little how long you have been familiar with Tyson's work, his remarkable ability to tell what's on his mind and in his heart is once again exhibited.

We are exposed to the inside of his feelings through his career in his later life but he also provides much detail on his early years too. The inward view Tyson has written into "The Long Trail" helps the reader understand what has motived this artist we have come to respect and admire through the years.

While time has changed his physical performance as a singer, it has done little to diminish the passion for the "west" that still burns in his soul. The reader cannot help but be inspired as they read the story of this western icon's successes and failures.

As we read, we may not hear that rich voice we have all come to love through the years but there will be no doubt, we will be drawn much closer to the man! No other person has done more to bring us the "cowboy spirit of Alberta" in words and song. Ian Tyson's rich contribution to our foothills cowboy culture will be highly valued for many years to come!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cathy A. Austin on Nov. 12 2011
Format: Hardcover
Those of us who were teens and folkies in the 1970's will love this trip down memory lane with Mr. Tyson and his musical history. He pulls no punches and this is written in an easy style, blunt, colourful and terrific. A great read that both my husband and I enjoyed.
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By Sharon Marshall on March 6 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The part that I liked best, was how fast the book arrived! Usually I have to wait a loooong time for orders. The book was in great shape. I think it came from Canada - which is not a choice that is common.
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Format: Paperback
As a big fan of the man and his music for many decades I looked forward to reading this great book.Borrowed it from my local library and devoured it in a day.Looking back on my own life and being close to Ian in age I think his honesty about his life as reveiled in the book as startling.Oh and I think that his remarks of his sexual past needed telling too and added to the book.Recently in Maclaim's Mag. I read of his long time love affair with his Greek girl and that was a great read too.Being a bibliophile all my life I have read and collected thousands of books and I will be adding this one to my collection.Cheers.
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