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Book Title: Traveling Music: The Soundtrack to My Life and Times|
The author of the book: Neil Peart
Date of issue: September 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9781554907953
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.29 MB
Edition: ECW Press
Read full description of the books Traveling Music: The Soundtrack to My Life and Times:I enjoyed this book. The writing was good and the read was easy.
Neil, as you probably know is the drummer for the band Rush. He has always had difficulty with intrusive fans and I understand why. Please indulge me as I relate some personal experiences to help explain why.
I was at a John Denver concert and couldn't wait to intermission to pee, so I went to the men's room to relieve myself and seconds after I entered, in came Charlie Pride who bellied up to a urinal a couple of slots to my left. I guess he couldn't wait either. He said to me: "Great show isn't it?" I said, "Yeah, I love John's music." Then in came another dude who recognized the country singer and ask for his autograph. There is Charlie Pride, facing the wall with his dick in his hand and this asshole asks him for an autograph. Another time I was in the waiting room at a hospital when Johnny Cash came in to use the pay phone. I knew who he was but I didn't say a word. I gave him his personal space. Another time, I was in a pizza place in a small town in Tennessee waiting for my "to go" order when in walked Conway Twitty. As he passed me, I just said, "Hello Mr. Jenkins." Conway's real name was Harold Jenkins. He looked at me with a bit of surprise and said "Hi." We were the only customers, and nothing else was said. It is my belief that when a star is not performing, they are just another person and should be left in peace.
Neil felt that way too. He did not intend to be rude, he just wanted to be "a guy" not a star when he wasn't working. His traveling, usually on a BMW motorcycle, was a way to escape the press of fame and just be a guy. Cool. Another little bit of personal info.....my two eldest sons and I are going to see Rush this May. I already have the tickets. For whatever reason, I didn't get into Rush until I was aged 62 years. You may wonder how old I am now......62.
It's a good book.......Michael
Read information about the authorNeil 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 drummers such as Keith Moon and John Bonham, players who were at the forefront of the British hard rock scene. As time progressed, however, he began to emulate the jazz and big band musicians Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. Peart is also a pupil of jazz instructor Freddie Gruber. Peart has received many awards for his musical performances and is known for his technical proficiency and stamina.
In addition to being a musician, Peart is also a prolific writer, having published several memoirs about his travels. Peart is also Rush's primary lyricist. In writing lyrics for Rush, Peart addressed universal themes and diverse subject matter including science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy, as well as secular, humanitarian and libertarian themes. In contrast, his books have been focused on his personal experiences.
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