The Never-ending Present: The Story Of Gord Downie And The Tragically Hip

byMichael BarclayRead byGeorge Stroumboulopoulos

March 19, 2019|
The Never-ending Present: The Story Of Gord Downie And The Tragically Hip by Michael Barclay
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The biography of “Canada's band”.

In the summer of 2016, more than a third of Canadians tuned in to watch what was likely the Tragically Hip's final performance, broadcast from the band's hometown of Kingston, Ontario. 

Why? Because these five men were always more than just a band. They sold millions of records and defined a generation of Canadian rock music. But they were also a tabula rasa onto which fans could project their own ideas: of performance, of poetry, of history, of Canada itself. 

In the first biography of the Tragically Hip, Michael Barclay talks to dozens of the band's peers and friends about not just the Hip's music, but about the opening bands, the American albatross, the band's role in Canadian culture, and Gord Downie's role in reconciliation with Indigenous people. When Downie announced he had terminal cancer and decided to take the Hip on the road one more time, the tour became another Terry Fox moment; this time, Canadians got to witness an embattled hero reach the finish line. 

This is an audiobook not just for fans of the band: It's for anyone interested in how culture can spark national conversations.

Michael Barclay has worked for Maclean’s, CBC Radio’s Brave New Waves, and Exclaim!. He co-authored Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985–1995, which told the stories of the Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, k.d. lang, and dozens more. He lives in Toronto.George Mark Paul Stroumboulo...
Title:The Never-ending Present: The Story Of Gord Downie And The Tragically Hip
Format:Audio Book (CD)
Product dimensions:6.75 X 5.25 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:6.75 X 5.25 X 0.68 in
Published:March 19, 2019
Publisher:Brilliance Audio
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781978670587

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