Neil Peart





Neil Peart


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in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
September 12, 1952

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Neil Peart (pronounced /ˈpɪərt/) OC, (born Neil Ellwood Peart) is a Canadian musician and author. He is best-known as the drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush.

Peart grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, Canada (now part of St. Catharines) working the occasional odd job. However, his true ambition was to become a professional musician. During adolescence, he floated from regional band to regional band and dropped out of high school to pursue a career as a full-time drummer. After a discouraging stint in England to concentrate on his music, Peart returned home, where he joined local Toronto band Rush in the summer of 1974.

Early in his career, Peart's performance style was deeply rooted in hard rock. He drew most of his inspiration from d
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“If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice.”
Neil Peart

“You can surrender without a prayer, but never really pray without surrender. You can fight without ever winning, but never ever win without a fight.”
Neil Peart

“I can worship Nature, and that fulfills my need for miracles and beauty. Art gives a spiritual depth to existence -- I can find worlds bigger and deeper than my own in music, paintings, and books. And from my friends and family I receive the highest benediction, emotional contact, and personal affirmation. I can bow before the works of Man, from buildings to babies, and that fulfills my need for wonder. I can believe in the sanctity of Life, and that becomes the Revealed Word, to live my life as I believe it should be, not as I'm told to by self-appointed guides.”
Neil Peart, The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa

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