- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Viking (Sept. 26 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735232555
- ISBN-13: 978-0735232556
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.9 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 590 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This is the definitive book on Gordon Lightfoot's life and lengthy career.” –FYI Music News
“To read this book is to come away with a greater understanding of how a young choirboy from Orillia became one of Canada’s most revered songwriters and performers, and beloved among music fans around the world and across genres.” –NOW Magazine
“Acclaimed Canadian music historian Nicholas Jennings presents the definitive biography of a national musical treasure.” –Zoomer
“…the biography for which the songwriter’s fans have been patiently waiting. Jennings investigates the music and the man.” –Toronto SUN
“Perhaps the greatest gift of . . . Lightfoot is that [it leads] you right back to [his] music. Feels like you never left, only better.” –Maclean’s
“Jennings as always is a master storyteller . . . His deft manipulation of narrative, told in clear language, draws the reader in immediately . . . Jennings’s true gift might be his ability to slowly reveal Lightfoot to us – over the course of the book, the complexity of his character emerges, through a peeling away of the many layers the notoriously reticent singer has kept hidden. . . . the best reward for Lightfoot fans who have waited for so long: Lightfoot is your chance to finally know him deeply.” –National Post
Other Musicians on Gordon Lightfoot
“I can’t think of any Gordon Lightfoot song I don’t like. Everytime I hear a song of his, it’s like I wish it would last forever . . . Lightfoot became a mentor for a long time. I think he probably still is to this day.” —Bob Dylan
“An extremely fine piece of songwriting.” —Johnny Cash on “Canadian Railroad Trilogy”
“What a song—that’s my favourite on the record.” —Neil Young, about covering “If You Could Read My Mind” on his A Letter Home album
“Gordon had a real loyal following all over the place, including over in Europe. When he’d play in L.A., they would come out in droves. It was a ritual that, whenever he’d do his tour, all these people would come and see him. They loved him. A very talented guy.” —Robbie Robertson
About the Author
NICHOLAS JENNINGS is one of Canada's most respected music journalists. He was the music critic and feature writer for Maclean's from 1980 to 2000 and his work has appeared in many of Canada's top magazines and newspapers. His acclaimed book Before the Gold Rush became the basis for a four-part CBC documentary series on the history of Canadian music. He lives in Toronto.
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The only reason I did not rate it 5 star is that there were some minor inaccuracies--inconsequential really-- which in no way
detract to Mr. Jennings splendid creation!
( I was Gordon's road manager all through the 70s and into the 80s.)
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