The Rider Recommends: Christmas Gifts For The Booklover

Nov 07, 2017 Comments Off by Admin
A memoir by Liona Boyd
Dundurn Press (248 pages) $35.00 hardcover
She released her first memoir, In My Own Key, in 1998 which thrilled fans and became a bestseller; now Canada’s classical guitar icon, LIONA BOYD, strikes all the right chords once again with her recently published 2nd memoir, No Remedy for Love. The “First Lady of the Guitar” shares her loves, both romantic and musical, and offers great insight into the heart and mind of a consummate artist. She has performed around the world, sold millions of albums, won five Juno awards, serenaded heads of state and, for eight years, dated Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
We follow the journey of Boyd’s reinvention of her career after a six year period when she couldn’t play guitar due to suffering with the painful Musician’s Focal Dystonia, and we feel her pain when she suffers a serious fall and is alone, screaming for help that she thinks will never come, and are intrigued by her stories of longtime pen-pal Prince Phillip, a friendship that has lasted over 30 years. Her anecdotes are peppered with the names of close personal celebrity friends without any pretension, and the book features charming photos of Liona with Gordon Lightfoot, Ronnie Hawkins, Julio Iglesias, Leonard Cohen, Dan Hill and Pierre Trudeau. At the back of the book, you’ll find selected lyrics to many of Liona’s songs as well as album titles and song listings of her most recent recordings. The perfect gift for the music lover and proud Canadian on your Christmas list!
By Peter Goddard
Dundurn Press (176 pages) $26.99 hardcover
This startling new portrait of Canada’s great pianist, Glenn Gould, includes never-before-seen material, and traces back through his early years, performing and recording with legendary maestros Leonard Bernstein and Leopold Stokowski, and performed with Yehudi Menuhin on a CBC tv special.  Gould passed away 35 years ago after a series of strokes, and his life, his genius and his eccentricities have been the subject of many discussions, books and documentaries in the years since.
With the support of the Glenn Gould Estate, author Peter Goddard draws on his own interviews with the artist and on new and, in some cases, overlooked sources to present a freshly revealing portrait of Gould’s unsettled life, his radical decision to quit concertizing, his career as a radio innovator, and his deep response to the Canadian environment. Sci-fi and hi-fi, hockey and Petula Clark, Elvis, jazz, chess, the Beatles, and sex – all these inform this exploration of the pianist’s far-reaching imagination. There is even a touching account of the only piano lesson Gould ever gave. This is the perfect gift for anyone new to classical music or existing fans, as well as those with an interest in Glenn Gould himself and in what led to The Goldberg Variations, one of the greatest recordings in music history.
An adventure through the 1970s
By Kim Clarke Champniss
Published by Dundurn Press (200 pages)  $23.99 softcover
For readers “of a certain age”, you’ll recognize the name Kim Clarke Champniss as the award-winning broadcast journalist who was a popular VJ on the original MuchMusic TV channel and special assignment reporter for Citytv’s The NewMusic back in the 80’s. KCC, as he is known to his friends and social media followers, is also the author of The Republic of Rock ’n’ Roll.
His latest book offers a rollicking good read – it’s the true story of an adventurous pop-loving teenager who, in the early 1970s, went from London’s discotheques to the Canadian sub-arctic to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company buying furs and helping run the trading post in the settlement of Arviat (then known as Eskimo Point), Northwest Territories (population: 750).  His extraordinary adventures unfolded in a chain of on the road experiences across Canada. Kim brings his incredible knowledge of music and pop culture and the history of disco music, weaving them into this wild story of his exciting and uniquely crazy 1970s. Not only is this an autobiography with exciting adventures we can relive with the writer, it’s a great music history lesson to be shared with younger readers.

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