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Jim Guthrie: Who Needs What

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Jim Guthrie: Who Needs What tells the story of a musician whose twenty-year career has been spent either at the forefront of Canada's indie rock renaissance or in the background of some of the most popular indie games, films, and ad campaigns of the past decade. Through interviews with Jim, his collaborators, and fans, this book explores how a self-described "Seabiscuit" e ...more
112 pages
Published April 15th 2015 by Invisible Publishing
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Spencer
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Who knew Arcade Fire opened for him because in the day? I didn't, but now I do! Excellent biography of an incredibly talented musician.
Charles
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book seems on the surface to be your average Canadian independent lo-fi musician turned soundtrack extraordinaire biography, but the pages of this short read provide a unique and rather inspiring take on what music and sound truly are. There's a loving spirit coursing through the book, driven by Andrew Hood (whose musings on A Thousand Songs made me nostalgic for my first days listening to the album), an author who perfectly snags the necessary feel for a Jim Guthrie biography. I also loved ...more
David Macpherson
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Really wished I liked this book more. It wasn't the subject, an artist I didn't know of before I read the book, was really interesting. He went from a home recording advocate to the guy who was in the middle of a music scene to now making soundtracks and jingles. Guthrie's time writing popular jingles was fascinating and the discussion of making music for marketing needs was great as well. I would have really liked it if the book was better constructed. It went back in forth in the time line, an ...more
Keith Zubot-Gephart
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
A bit of a niche book, and perhaps a bit too cursory in parts. But it's quite well written, and if you're at all interested in the recent history and perspectives of contemporary Canadian musicians it's inarguably worth the read.
Clare
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this a lot! Jim Guthrie is a really interesting artist and a super nice guy and this is a great snapshot of his life and career so far.
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