From the tender ballad of Beautiful to the historical lament of The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald to the plaintive political plea of Black Day in July, Gordon Lightfoot's songs have inspired and enchanted fans for more than fifty years. Beloved by a ...more
Continuing my non fiction quest with a biography of a notable Canadian singer-songwriter. I grew up hearing a lot of Gordon Lightfoot 's music because my Mom was a big fan. After reading this bio, I told her what I learned and she stressed that she loved his music but that she had heard lots about his personality. IMHO, the guy really comes off as an asshole.
Nicholas Jennings spent a dozen years interviewing Lightfoot and the people closest to him. Much like his musical contemporaries -alcohol ...more
My home state of Tasmania being featured was worth the read alone, as I’d never encountered s ...more
Star Rating: ★★★½☆
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An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review.
From the first time I heard The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald on my local country radio station, I loved Lightfoot's music and voice. That's not to say I knew all his songs or that I followed him consistently. But I knew that I loved the stories he sang and I loved the melancholy voice that sang them. So it came as a great surp ...more
At times, his life is quite idyllic but he seems somewhat removed from the populace. He found fame though he never really wanted fame. I guess to put it into simpler terms is that he has a gift that he wanted to share with the world but did not want the fame that came along with it. This seemed to be the catal ...more
Found it hard to put this down once I started and I ended up putting on Songbook to listen to while I read. It was so interesting to read the stories behind Lightfoot's beautiful songs.
Nicholas Jennings has written about the artist that we admired and that man who was a sad and kind of lonely person. The insight into Gordon Lightfoot's life - his loves and his work - is fascinating.
I highly recommend this book.
I picked up this book and sat down and read it. Simple as that. Reading it was like stepping back in time fifty years and then playing fast-forward to today with scraps of the soundtrack of life skipping along in the background.
Ah, memories, Gord b'y! ...more
Gordon Lightfoot is one of my favorite musicians in the world (and I got Bob Dylan backing me on that one, so neener neener to all you Lightfoot naysayers.) I can hum something from far deep in his huge catalog and people will ask, "That's a Gordon Lightfoot song, right?"
That said, Nicholas Jennings bio of the legendary songwriter is interesting and full of ...more
This was great, a full biography of one of my favorite musicians and story-tellers. I enjoyed the way that author Nicholas Jennings was able to get the notoriously reticent Lightfoot to participate in the process. While I was already familiar (as most fans are) of the competition between Lightfoot and Dylan the additional details on their various meetings was fascinating. Jennings has done a fine job of exposing Lightfoot’s well known difficulties without going all “Kitty Kelley” on his subject....more
You see another side of Gord, that is probably not quite true , as he is a very private and humble man, so really we have only seen the one side of him til now.
A great read and I book I will talk about it for a long time
Everybody has a Gordon Lightfoot song that speaks to them. I have loved Lightfoot's music for years - perhaps since my parents played "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" for my brother and I as we drove along the American coastline of Lake Superior. I could tell so many stories about my connection with his music, how it's shaped my musical tastes into what they are today, and how his songs have resonated with me at different points in my life.
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by Nicholas Jennings
3.8 / 5.0
Exhaustive and definitive, this bio took 12 years of research and interviews. It gives a comprehensive look at Gordon Lightfoots career, his life, his lives and his demons.
Packed with great photos, this would be a perfect gift for any fan or person interested in his life.
Given that I moved to Canada about 18 months ago, I saw the giveaway for this and figured I should read up on one of Canada's most iconic music legends.
The book was interesting, but the first half was way too slow. And repetitive. It goes through the 60's and 70's in the same fashion, recounting Gordon's music successes, the number of records sold, concerts played etc. It also makes Lightfoot out to be a bit of an asshole. It's contrasted nic ...more
This is a straightforward biography, written - and narrated - simply and plainly. Jennings is serviceable as a narrator but is somewhat monotone-ish in his delivery. He gets a bit more expressive towards the end but by then I was used to it.
The reader won't find any salacious bits of information about Lightfoot, nor are there scandalous secrets uncovered. The life of Lightfoot is that of many musicians who found fame in the 1960s and 70s. Lots of alcohol, p ...more