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Writing Gordon Lightfoot: The Man, the Music, and the World in 1972 By Dave Bidini,

  • Title: Writing Gordon Lightfoot: The Man, the Music, and the World in 1972
  • Author: Dave Bidini
  • ISBN: 9780771012624
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From acclaimed musician and author Dave Bidini comes a brilliantly original look at a folk rock legend and the momentous week in 1972 that culminated in the Mariposa Folk Festival.July, 1972 As musicians across Canada prepare for the nation s biggest folk festival, held on Toronto Island, a series of events unfold that will transform the country politically, psychologicalFrom acclaimed musician and author Dave Bidini comes a brilliantly original look at a folk rock legend and the momentous week in 1972 that culminated in the Mariposa Folk Festival.July, 1972 As musicians across Canada prepare for the nation s biggest folk festival, held on Toronto Island, a series of events unfold that will transform the country politically, psychologically and musically As Bidini explores the remarkable week leading up to Mariposa, he also explores the life and times of one of the most enigmatic figures in Canadian music Gordon Lightfoot, the reigning king of folk at the height of his career Through a series of letters, Bidini addresses Lightfoot directly, questioning him, imagining his life, and weaving together a fascinating, highly original look at a musician at the top of his game By the end of the week, the country is on the verge of massive change and the 72 Mariposa folk fest complete with surprise appearances by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and yes, Lightfoot is on its way to becoming legendary.
    Writing Gordon Lightfoot The Man the Music and the World in From acclaimed musician and author Dave Bidini comes a brilliantly original look at a folk rock legend and the momentous week in that culminated in the Mariposa Folk Festival July As musici

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    1. Bizarre book, ostensibly about Gordon Lightfoot and one week of a music festival But I got whiplash from the topic and style changes one moment, stories of some folks who bust out of prison, and the next, incomprehensible free form verse about drugs maybe Hard to tell You ask, um, where s Gordon Where s the music festival Excellent questions.

    2. A GREAT book I just finished reading the Dave Bidini book about Gordon Lightfootg a good writer holds your attention by telling you stories about subjects you re keen on but a GREAT writer pulls you into things you didn t even know you were interested in Dave Bidini is a great writer and that week of the Mariposa folk festival in july 1972 is a period you need to know better Dylan Prine were at the fest are featured in the book also Joni Mitchell, Murray Maclachlan, Jackson Brown, the Stones, Le [...]

    3. This is a look at Gordon Lightfoot and the folk rock scene in Toronto in the week leading up to the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1972 The author addresses Lightfoot through a series of letters Some of this is fiction and some of it is not, but the author is clear as to which is and which isn t Until he gets to the latter part of the book, it is about the Canadian music and cultural scene at the time A different sort of book I expected something different.

    4. I liked this a lot The letters worked better in some places than in others, and I ll admit that for me it was the chapters in between that shone If you know me you know how important music is to me, and Gordon Lightfoot provided much of the soundtrack to my growing up The scenes from Mariposa are wonderful, and especially cool is to hear commentary from people who were there in 1972, including a very young Colin Linden Highly recommended.

    5. This book transported me onto Centre Island in Toronto in 1972 Pioneer 10 just crossed the asteroid belt, the Stones Exile from Main Street tour was taking place in downtown and on a little island in Toronto Harbour a folk festival was taking place that featured Neil Young, Joni Mitchel, Bruce Cockburn and Gordon Lighftoot Bob Dylan could also be found on that island What a great read

    6. The chapters that were actually about Mariposa and other events of 1972 were quite entertaining and informative Not so the alternating chapters which were open letters to Lightfoot from the author Found these tedious, awkward and a bit embarrassing at times.

    7. This was a great book for reminiscing about the sixties and seventies The central theme is the Mariposa Folk Festival on Toronto Island in July, 1972 But it also discusses Gordon Lightfoot in the context of Canada s maturation in the world of music We went from Bobby Gimby to American Woman Not only does it mention songs, groups, places and performers, but also mentions events going on in the world at that time the Fischer Spassky chess game, the prison break at Millhaven Penitentiary, the Trude [...]

    8. 1972 was an incredible year and the week leading up to the Mariposa Folk Festival was a unbelievable week full of surprises and fascinating history I did not attend but I did see the Stones in Minneapolis on their 1972 tour See page 206 Of course I know Gordon Lightfoot s music and have been listening to him since the 70 s A wonderful reflection of the enigma that is Lightfoot Perhaps one day there will be a biography but it would have to be with his participation This is a marvellous attempt at [...]

    9. This book is a 40% Gordon Lightfoot and 60% the world musically, politically, the social consciousness unfolding or collapsing in 1972 It s a year in a week July 1972 I loved this book so much I think it s Dave s best writing to date.Upon reading other reviews, I agree, the letters to Gord were a little awkward, but I think that s what made them personal At some points I feel like, Dave, you re full of shit on that but he s making it up, so that s kind of a given Page 206 is the best part of the [...]

    10. I enjoyed the author s conversational writing style and stories in the book whether they were true or not , but they were so disjointed One minute the author is writing about a prison break, then a chess match, then Mariposa, and I couldn t keep track of all the characters Nor in the end could I understand how they were all connected, other than they were all occurring in 1972 Disappointing.

    11. The real meat in this book, surrounding the Festival, could have taken up of the content I LOVED reading about the music scene in Toronto around that time and the history of Mariposa The letters to Lightfoot felt awkward, and lacked, for me, something heartfelt or sincere Fun to read and the photos are great

    12. Liked it Enjoyed seeing Lightfoot treated as a significant songwriter and cultural influence, even liked the You wouldn t talk to me, Gord, so I had to make some stuff up conceit Some bits worked better than others, but all in all a grand ramble through the music scene of the early 1970s.

    13. An ok book Maybe it is Mr Bidini s style but I found he rambled a bit His choice of language was hmmm interesting All in all a good snapshot of the time.

    14. I liked this book, but it s probably of most interest to people who were around in 72 in other words, really old now

    15. This is my first Dave Bidini book I have read and so far I love it I really enjoy the way he writes and his style I feel like he is having a conversation with you and not just lecturing you.

    16. Dave Bidini joined us at Kingston WritersFest 2010 and 2011 You can read about Dave and the Festival here kingstonwritersfest

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