On A Cold Road: Tales Of Adventure In Canadian Rock

Kobo eBook available

read instantly on your Kobo or tablet.

buy the ebook now

On A Cold Road: Tales Of Adventure In Canadian Rock

by Dave Bidini

McClelland & Stewart | October 10, 1998 | Trade Paperback

On A Cold Road: Tales Of Adventure In Canadian Rock is rated 4.1667 out of 5 by 6.
David Bidini, rhythm guitarist with the Rheostatics, knows all too well what the life of a rock band in Canada involves: storied arenas one tour and bars wallpapered with photos of forgotten bands the next. Zit-speckled fans begging for a guitar pick and angry drunks chucking twenty-sixers and pint glasses. Opulent tour buses riding through apocalyptic snowstorms and cramped vans that reek of dope and beer. Brilliant performances and heart-sinking break-ups.

Bidini has played all across the country many times, in venues as far flung and unalike as Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto and the Royal Albert Hotel in Winnipeg. In 1996, when the Rheostatics opened for the Tragically Hip on their Trouble at the Henhouse tour, Bidini kept a diary. In On a Cold Road he weaves his colourful tales about that tour with revealing and hilarious anecdotes from the pioneers of Canadian rock - including BTO, Goddo, the Stampeders, Max Webster, Crowbar, the Guess Who, Triumph, Trooper, Bruce Cockburn, Gale Garnett, and Tommy Chong - whom Bidini later interviewed in an effort to compare their experiences with his. The result is an original, vivid, and unforgettable picture of what it has meant, for the last forty years, to be a rock musician in Canada.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.78 in

Published: October 10, 1998

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771014562

ISBN - 13: 9780771014567

Found in: Music

save 5%

  • Hurry, only 2 left!
  • In stock online

$21.00  ea

Online Price

$21.00 List Price

or, Used from $4.99

eGift this item

Give this item in the form of an eGift Card.

+ what is this?

This item is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
See details

Easy, FREE returns. See details

Item can only be shipped in Canada

Downloads instantly to your kobo or other ereading device. See details

All available formats:

Check store inventory (prices may vary)

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from On A Cold Road Bidini's book was a great collection of quotes and stories not only from his experiences but from some of Canada's most notable musicians. Really paints a picture of life on the road and what some aspiring to be travelling musicians might experience. I really enjoyed it!!
Date published: 2000-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good roadtrip from your armchair I just finished Dave Bidini's book and just wanted to tell the world that this is one of the best books that I have ever read. I was quite taken with Bidini's keen observations and sense of wry irony. It may seem posh to be playing to grand crowds but who wants to be the opening band for the Tragically Hip when the audience's love for the Hip is as obvious as their hostility for the hapless opening act? One of the best moments is the gang's visit to a Giant Record Sale in rural Canada, only to discover that the proprietors are an elderly Christian couple selling vinyl from their garage. At least one of them found a rare copy of a Donny Most record. The anecdotes are wonderful even if you are not a self admitted fan of Can Con. This book is more entertaining than some of the times I have spent standing and waiting for a favourite band at the Horseshoe. This is not a dry exercise in musicology; this is good writing brought to you by an insider who obviously loves what he's doing. Enjoy.
Date published: 2000-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Even if you're not a Rheostatics fan You don't have to be a Rheostatics (or even a Tragically Hip) fan to enjoy this book. If you've ever been on the road with a band of any size, you'll love the "Oh yeah, I remember that!" feeling you get from this book. If you've never been in a band, but wondered what it was like, read Bidini's book. It's not often that a good musician is also a good writer. This is one of those times.
Date published: 1999-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from On A Cold Road First I would like to thank Dave Bidini for taking the time to write this book. I bought this book after reading a rather rave review written by the National Post. Now, I must admit, I have not read many so called autobiographies, but this one really hit the nail on the head. This is defenently one of those books that is hard to put down. If you have ever played in a band or performed in front of an audience in any way, you will truly appreciate what Dave has written about his band the Rheostatics and their experiences both on and off the road. Dave’s ability to weave in and out of his life, and the lives of others in the entertainment business shines through in his penmanship. The writing of this book must have been an exhaustive undertaking. The first page serves as a reference to 47 interesting people in the Canadian entertainment business that have added to this wonderful collection of true stories and memories. And if you, like me, are rather musically inept, and the only words of wisdom and encouragement have been, “ Don’t Quit Your Day Job”, you may appreciate after reading this book that you indeed have a regular job.
Date published: 1998-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The secret of his success On a Cold Road is a remarkable account of success through perseverance. Through recollections by former rock-and-rollers and candid reminiscences from his own experiences as a member of Rheostatics, Dave Bidini threads a consistent theme throughout his chronicle: goals are achieved only through dedication and perspiration. Although this book has focused on surviving as a musician in Canada specifically, I think inspiration can be drawn from its tales by anyone attempting to fulfil a dream. Bidini and those musicians that traveled down said road before him, remained honest and uncompromised throughout their careers, and for that alone they deserve our respect.
Date published: 1998-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from On a cold road Excerpts from Bidini's tour diary splash colour across the Canadian canvas. A great read from a stellar musician
Date published: 1998-10-20

– More About This Product –

On A Cold Road: Tales Of Adventure In Canadian Rock

by Dave Bidini

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.78 in

Published: October 10, 1998

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771014562

ISBN - 13: 9780771014567

Read from the Book

I was nothing but a pimply little question mark on the day my sister and I first walked into Ken Jones Music in Etobicoke. Sunlight streamed through the windows, dappling the guitars that hung behind the counter and bathing the small music shop at the back of the Westway Plaza in warm light. The store was cluttered with drums stacked on top of each other, keyboards leaning three deep against the walls, dusty racks of unread sheet music, long outdated band want-ads taped to the cash register, and ashtrays scattered across old chairs and window ledges. At the back of the store, young boys sat in tiny rooms plucking guitars through amplifiers that buzzed like heat bugs, the sound of their hammer-ons and finger-rolls and string-benders snaking out to where I stood, sucking it all in like sugar through a Pixie-Stik.   After our first taste of this place, my sister and I signed up for guitar lessons, which I grew to hate. My disdain might have had something to do with the fact that Cathy had mastered the basic chords and strumming technique before I’d grown my first finger callus. She out-licked me on “Kum Ba Yah,” “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore,” and “House of the Rising Sun,” which we debuted for our parents in our living room sitting on bridge table chairs behind music stands. I’d like to tell you that I rose to her challenge and went on to become a blurry-fingered virtuoso of the fretboard whose technique set the world’s
read more read less

From the Publisher

David Bidini, rhythm guitarist with the Rheostatics, knows all too well what the life of a rock band in Canada involves: storied arenas one tour and bars wallpapered with photos of forgotten bands the next. Zit-speckled fans begging for a guitar pick and angry drunks chucking twenty-sixers and pint glasses. Opulent tour buses riding through apocalyptic snowstorms and cramped vans that reek of dope and beer. Brilliant performances and heart-sinking break-ups.

Bidini has played all across the country many times, in venues as far flung and unalike as Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto and the Royal Albert Hotel in Winnipeg. In 1996, when the Rheostatics opened for the Tragically Hip on their Trouble at the Henhouse tour, Bidini kept a diary. In On a Cold Road he weaves his colourful tales about that tour with revealing and hilarious anecdotes from the pioneers of Canadian rock - including BTO, Goddo, the Stampeders, Max Webster, Crowbar, the Guess Who, Triumph, Trooper, Bruce Cockburn, Gale Garnett, and Tommy Chong - whom Bidini later interviewed in an effort to compare their experiences with his. The result is an original, vivid, and unforgettable picture of what it has meant, for the last forty years, to be a rock musician in Canada.

From the Jacket

David Bidini, rhythm guitarist with the Rheostatics, knows all too well what the life of a rock band in Canada involves: storied arenas one tour and bars wallpapered with photos of forgotten bands the next. Zit-speckled fans begging for a guitar pick and angry drunks chucking twenty-sixers and pint glasses. Opulent tour buses riding through apocalyptic snowstorms and cramped vans that reek of dope and beer. Brilliant performances and heart-sinking break-ups.

Bidini has played all across the country many times, in venues as far flung and unalike as Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto and the Royal Albert Hotel in Winnipeg. In 1996, when the Rheostatics opened for the Tragically Hip on their Trouble at the Henhouse tour, Bidini kept a diary. In On a Cold Road he weaves his colourful tales about that tour with revealing and hilarious anecdotes from the pioneers of Canadian rock – including BTO, Goddo, the Stampeders, Max Webster, Crowbar, the Guess Who, Triumph, Trooper, Bruce Cockburn, Gale Garnett, and Tommy Chong - whom Bidini later interviewed in an effort to compare their experiences with his. The result is an original, vivid, and unforgettable picture of what it has meant, for the last forty years, to be a rock musician in Canada.

About the Author

Author and musician Dave Bidini is the only person to have been nominated for a Gemini, Genie and Juno as well CBC''s Canada Reads. A founding member of Rheostatics, he has written 10 books, including On a Cold Road, Tropic of Hockey, Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs, and Home and Away. He has made two Gemini Award-nominated documentaries and his play, the Five Hole Stories, was staged by One Yellow Rabbit Performance Company, touring the country in 2008. His third book, Baseballissimo, is being developed for the screen by Jay Baruchel, and, in 2010, he won his third National Magazine Award, for "Travels in Narnia." He writes a weekly column for the Saturday Post and, in 2011, he published his latest book, Writing Gordon Lightfoot. 

From Our Editors

From sleazy motels rooms and four-star suites to 'giving' groupies and drugs and booze, On a Cold Road is a fascinating look into life on the road. It's an honest and humorous look at Rheostatic Dave Bidini's and other Canadian musicians' experiences on tour across the Great White North. Bidini first got the idea for this book during the winter of 1996 when the Rheostatics opened for the Tragically Hip's cross-Canada tour and experienced a level of touring that could only be called luxurious. The bands stayed in deluxe hotels, drank expensive wine and even had a chiropractor on call. This didn't seem to mesh with stories of road life that he'd heard - and with his own early experiences playing in raunchy bars and staying in squalid hotels - so he interviewed musicians such as Rush, Triumph, Goddo, Kim Mitchell and Randy Bachman to get a full history of Canadian rock tours.
Item not added

This item is not available to order at this time.

See used copies from 00.00
  • My Gift List
  • My Wish List
  • Shopping Cart