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Writing Gordon Lightfoot: The Man, the Music, and the World in 1972 Hardcover – Oct 18 2011


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; First Edition edition (Oct. 18 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780771012624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771012624
  • ASIN: 0771012624
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book. The author never really claims to be writing a biography of Lightfoot and he keeps to that claim. I found it a pretty interesting discussion of the Mariposa Festival and how things were changing in the big world and the music world. If you go into it looking for a biography of Gordon Lightfoot you will be disappointed but if you go into it looking for an interesting perspective of Canadian culture and the early 70's I think you'll enjoy it.
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I never really looked at the content of this book but was just excited to see a book about Gordon Lightfoot. This author has never spoken to him and in fact thinks that Gordon lightfoot does not like him due to a long ago experience. The book is about a week in the 1970s when Gordon Lightfoot was in the Toronto music scene. The writing is actually quite good, but not what I was expecting. There are some surmises about Gordon Lightfoot's life at that period in time.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David A. Hamilton on Nov. 19 2011
Format: Hardcover
This has got to be one of the worst - no, THE worst - books about a musician that I have ever read. Not sure what Badini is trying to get at, but next time he has a brain fart, maybe he shouldn't drag the one, truly iconic Canadian musician-songwriter into his vortex of despair.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Pure Garbage Oct. 25 2011
By Gerald - Published on Amazon.com
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I do not remember reading a worse book than this. It is disjointed and completely unintelligent. I read each chapter hoping that the next chapter would finally turn into what the book was supposed to be about. Unfortunately, nothing ever happened. In fact, having now completed it, I can honestly say that the book is about absolutely nothing. Worse still, it is an annoying, inarticulate read! The book has little or nothing to do with Gordon Lightfoot and the author's comments about him are marginally accurate and shallow. Don't be fooled into thinking that this book has anything tangible to do with Lightfoot, the Canadian music scene in 1972 or indeed anything else in 1972. If you want to waste your money (as unfortunately I did), this book could be the perfect place! Save the money you would waste on this book and give it to charity.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
What a Waste of Money Oct. 21 2011
By griffondoor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm trying to figure out why I need to read about a prison breakout and what it has to do with Gordon Lightfoot and the Mariposa Music Festival. I'm 35% in and the only thing I found interesting was John Lennon and Yoko's first performance with The Plastic Ono Band and the mention that Gordon had Bell's Palsy. Maybe I'll finish this but I'm not holding out hope.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I'd give it zero if i could Jan. 21 2012
By disenchanted - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Without a doubt one of the worst books I have read in the past 10 years. Disjointed, researched on the internet from an author whose only claim to fame was being part of a B grade band.
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There are no words Oct. 29 2011
By Jayne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
There are just no words. Please take advantage of your ability to read a chapter on your Kindle before you buy it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
this book is terrible. March 19 2013
By Dan B. - Published on Amazon.com
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the author talks mostly about his own feelings about Gordon Lightfoot, with no actual substance that is factual. It should be called "letters I wrote to GL in my head" The book is very poorly written and has distasteful, vulgar language that takes away from any possible enjoyment reading this. It is trash and shouldn't have been published andmarketed as having any connection to Lightfoot. Oh, and nothing not already known about Gord.
I have been a Lightfoot fan for 30 years, have everything he ever recorded, been to more concerts than I can count and perform alot of his tunes...... I threw this book away half way through reading it.

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