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

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"An extraordinary book about an extraordinary week. Superb."
—Joseph Boyden
 
"Bidini is a terrific writer - funny, clever, passionate. . . . Part history lesson, part travelogue, part self-examination, part play-by-play and a whole lot of reminiscing... hilarious..." -- Dave Fuller, Toronto Sun
 
"We want to be Dave Bidini when we grow up."
Toronto Star
 
"Dave Bidini is a heck of a good writer. His prose is almost conversational, creating an effect like a guy sitting at a bar telling you a good story, without the drunken rambling usually associated with such a fellow."
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"I could read Dave Bidini all day. And I have."
—Steve Rushin, Sports Illustrated

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 RoadTropic of HockeyAround 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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; 1St Edition edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771012624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771012624
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,983,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gerald on October 25, 2011
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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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By griffondoor on October 21, 2011
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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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By disenchanted on January 21, 2012
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dan B. on March 19, 2013
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 19, 2012
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I have really enjoyed some of Bidini's efforts...especially on hockey. But this book is downright awful. When the entire book is based on the literary technique -- he might have thought this -- you know you are in trouble.

I kept reading wondering if it could get any worse...it did. Everyone needs an editor and someone should have told him this just didn't work. Copyright page said publication is supported by Canadian government...lovely.

So in short...love Lightfoot, like Bidini, but this book is a waste of time...
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jayne on October 29, 2011
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There are just no words. Please take advantage of your ability to read a chapter on your Kindle before you buy it.
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