- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Emblem Editions; 1st edition (Oct. 28 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0771013671
- ISBN-13: 978-0771013676
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 381 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #573,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs Paperback – Oct 28 2008
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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.”
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Author and musician Dave Bidini is the only person to have been nominated for a Gemini, Genie and Juno as well CBC's Canada Reads. A founding member of Rheostatics, he has written 10 books, including On a Cold Road, Tropic of Hockey, Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs, and Home and Away. He has made two Gemini Award-nominated documentaries and his play, the Five Hole Stories, was staged by One Yellow Rabbit Performance Company, touring the country in 2008. His third book, Baseballissimo, is being developed for the screen by Jay Baruchel, and, in 2010, he won his third National Magazine Award, for "Travels in Narnia." He writes a weekly column for the Saturday Post and, in 2011, he published his latest book, Writing Gordon Lightfoot.See all Product description
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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.