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The definitive, full-access story of the life and songs of Canada's legendary troubadour Gordon Lightfoot’s name is synonymous with timeless songs about trains and shipwrecks, rivers and highways, lovers and loneliness. His music defined the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and ‘70s, topped charts and sold millions. He is unquestionably Canada’s greatest songwriter, and an international star who has performed on the world’s biggest stages. While Lightfoot’s songs are well known, the man behind them is elusive. He’s never allowed his life to be chronicled in a book—until now. Biographer Nick Jennings has had unprecedented access to the notoriously reticent musician. Lightfoot takes us deep inside the artist’s world, from his idyllic childhood in Orillia, the wild sixties, and his canoe trips into Canada’s North to his heady times atop the music world. Jennings explores the toll that success took on his personal life—including his troubled relationships, his battle with alcohol and his near-death experiences—and the extraordinary drive and tenacity that pulled him through it all. Rich in voices from fellow musicians, close friends, Lightfoot’s family and the singer’s own reminiscences, the biography tells the stories behind some of his best-known love songs, including (S2(BBeautiful(S3 (Band (S2(BSong for a Winter’s Night,(S3 (Bas well as the infidelity and divorce that resulted in classics like (S2(BSundown(S3 (Band (S2(BIf You Could Read My Mind.(S3 (BKris Kristofferson has called Lightfoot’s songs (S2(Bsome of the most beautiful and lasting music of our time.(S3 (BLightfoot is an unforgettable portrait of a treasured singer-songwriter, an artist whose work has been covered by everyone from Joni Mitchell, Barbra Streisand and Nico to Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and Gord Downie. Revealing and insightful, Lightfoot is both an inspiring story of redemption and an exhilarating read.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Penguin Canada, 2017
ISBN: 9780143199205
Characteristics: 304 p
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary


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Aug 26, 2018

Everyone has at the very least heard of Gordon Lightfoot, but I knew only LIghtfoot as the older gentleman. Sure, I knew he had been in showbiz since the 70's but I didn't know any details. This biography satisfied my curiosity. What surprised me is that Lightfoot was once a curly headed folksinger with filled out cheeks. The square-jawed musician of today bears little resemblance to his younger self. I was pleasantly surprised that he was an environmentalist way before it was fashionable.

Nov 19, 2017

Good Book! Especially if you know Orillia, Ontario. He works hard and is very disciplined. Enjoyable read!

Nov 07, 2017

I've been a fan since before his first album (which came out in early '66), since I heard Early Morning Rain and For Lovin' Me, done by Ian & Sylvia. Gord has always been very non-forthcoming about his private life, but this book gives much more information about him than has ever been released before. Well-written, and a must for his hard-core fans.

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