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    Great Hip behind the scenes details

    Required reading for any Hip fan, however it could have been about 250 pages shorter. While trying to paint a picture of the times and culture the Tragically Hip were surrounded in, the author goes on too many deep tangents with other artists that mean less and less to the story. Near the end I found myself skipping pages just to be done with it.
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    Well done

    Covered a lot of ground, presented well. Fans will be pleased with this book.
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    A Captivating Read!

    For Hip fans and non-Hip fans alike, this book takes readers on a journey chronicling the story from behinning to end of Canada's iconic band, The Tragically Hip and it's captivatingly fascinating lead singer, Gord Downie. This isn't just your run-of-the-mill bio of a rock band with platitudes and generic descriptions of it's members, that rambles on about thwir greatness or even their icon-garnering status. This book by author Michel Barclay delves deep in attemtping to formulate and disseminate to the reader the various analogies that made The Tragically Hip who thy were ad what their impact on rhe music scene, thwir elevation as a band and as a group of people doing something they loved and appreciated grew with the times and with a generation of listeners, both in twir own countey as well as elsewhere, but moreso here in Canada than elsewhere. How the The Hip with their charismatic and somerimes maniacal lead singer( Downie's singing style could sometimes e described as that) captured the art of songwriting, lyrics ~poetey-style--and gave these songs a unique twist on meaning and music altogether, perhaps one ca say, unlike any other. The book is laced with emotions particualrly the last few chapters that deal with Downie' s brain cancer diagnosia and the heavy toll treatment was taking on this kind-hearted, intelligent, and prafmatic individual. It takes the reader on a ride from the very beginning of a band's roots, it's musical ups and downs on the road to respectability and success, the many different recodings backgrounds, setrings, people, places, events, venues, and ultimately he art of maintaining a sense of normalcy and practicality in their everyday lives shared with family, friends, fans, and a nation that became more and more attached to this group of unique but oh so Caaadian music makers, it's success in Canada alone unlike any other Canadian artist can claim, for the simple reason that Gord Downie and the The Tragically Hip sold more records in this country , one that could be termed phenomenal and were one of the few if not rhe only artists to ake it in their own country ad not outside of it. A captivaring read forall the right reasons!
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    Complete biography

    Very complete biography. Covers beginning to end. Seems to got into a lot of detail of various other bands
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    The Hip

    Never a fan. All the same, well written account of the band, successes and challenges to the end in Kingston!
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