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Mountain City Girls: The McGarrigle Family Album Hardcover – Nov 10 2015

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (Nov. 10 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345814029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345814029
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“From the moment I met The Mountain City Girls, Kate, Anna and Jane, I wanted to be a part of that magical McGarrigle circle—the songs, the suppers, the families and fellow travellers, and they blessed me with it all. This book is a charming history, written with affection and wit by Anna and Jane, and now everyone can share in the story of their lives and lineage. It is a love story really, of a time, a place and a remarkable sisterhood that has given the world some of its most unique and stunningly beautiful music.” —Emmylou Harris
“Be it family history, beautiful snapshots from the early lives of three remarkable women or significant slices of Canadian history from the last two centuries, this book stacks up to at least be a triple threat. Add music and humour, well, now that’s positively formidable. Thanks for keeping the bar raised, ladies.” —Rufus Wainwright
“Not many public figures become part of our ‘family album.’ In Canada, the McGarrigle sisters have. We grew up alongside them, went to their concerts, bought their albums, and then got to listen to the amazing next generation. We heard the sisters talk on the radio about ‘harmony’—it made you feel you were living on a much more civilized planet. Their songs—in English and French—became part of our dialogue, our thought processes.” —Michael Ondaatje
“A detailed, intimate portrait of one of Canada’s great musical families. Vivid with stories of a changing country, a transforming Québec, all its real-life to-and-fro ringing with vibrant music.” —Sean Michaels, author of Us Conductors
“I can still hear the warbling voices of the McGarrigle sisters garnishing and haunting Emmylou Harris’s Wrecking Ball album. Ah! ... those sweet moments of excellence. And now the history of that talented family in the pages of Mountain City Girls. Their journey to a sweet sound.” —Daniel Lanois
“As witty, intelligent and intimate as any McGarrigle song, Mountain City Girls beckons the rest of us to come hear the domestic music-making of an extraordinary Quebec family. How lucky we are to be invited to this special McGarrigle show.” —Charles Foran, author of Mordecai: The Life & Times
 “Reading this book is like having a conversation with the McGarrigles. It is quirky, intelligent, and full of mischief.” —Linda Ronstadt
 “The stark beauty of Saint-Sauveur in the Catholic Quebec of another era comes to life as the young Kate, Anna and Jane McGarrigle sit nightly at the piano with their father, singing and playing instruments. I, an only child, loved the closeness of the creative sisters who were best friends in their ramshackle home. The sisters were perfect harmonizers because they seemed to share musical brains and could anticipate what note the other would play and sing. It was fascinating to read the biographical details of what was going on in their adult lives when they penned such classics as ‘Talk to Me of Mendocino’ and ‘Heart Like a Wheel.’” —Cathy Gildiner, author of Too Close to the Falls and After the Falls

About the Author

ANNA McGARRIGLE was one half of the acclaimed, award-winning folk music duo Kate and Anna McGarrigle. She continues to write music and perform. She is also a visual artist and makes short videos.

JANE McGARRIGLE managed her younger sisters' music careers from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s. During this time she co-wrote several songs with the duo and performed with them in the studio and on tours of Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia.

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For the record, I am a friend of the authors.
That being said, this is a slice of Canadian history that will resonate with a reader who knows nothing of the music.
I must also add very well bound book (a rarity these days)-
I don't want to be considered a 'ringer',
but this really is a treat and not at all what I expected. Well worth the $34 price
Campbell Hendery, Montréal
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A truly beautiful book!
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Item was new but in bad shape
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HASH(0xa6c384d4) out of 5 stars A "McGarrigle family album" Jan. 22 2016
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A candid account of the McGarrigle family. As stated, "A family album".
The Amazon description is accurate.
HASH(0xa47044e0) out of 5 stars Good read July 20 2016
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Fun read if you like the McGarrigles especia;;y if you went to a Convent school.
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HASH(0xa46e7258) out of 5 stars One Star Feb. 10 2016
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Written for the family itself.