Been busy with events lately – GritLit (which, despite the ice storm, garnered a healthy audience) and the Hamilton event for Michael Barclay who we featured on the show last week. Lots of reading to do, with plenty of great guests lined up for the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I have my great days (1700 words on Tuesday!) and my crappy days (zero words yesterday!) but as always, I say, keep at it!
I could only hope to write a book like The Never-Ending Present.
I have been a music journalist for a quarter century (ouch). When I’m on, I’m on; I’ve been doing it long enough that I should be decent at it by now, so that’s not me being cocky. My article on Simply Saucer, Revelation Rock, was nominated for a National Magazine Award (I was beat by Macleans Magazine’s Brian D. Johnson, so I didn’t feel too bad – if you’re gonna lose, lose to someone as talented and experienced as that). Writing a rock book has always been of interest to me, but I’ve never made it happen. I was approached by ECW once, to write a Robbie Williams bio. For real. It didn’t happen because someone else had already done it. Robbie Williams for cryin’ out loud.
Anyway, point is, despite my experience, I could only hope to write a book as well-written, well-researched and well-rounded as Michael Barclay‘s The Never Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip. You don’t even have to be a Hip fan to read the book, that’s how engaging it is. Michael dropped into the studio this week, and it was fun to sit with a colleague and talk about the book, the band, and more.
(Also, for the record: the night of the final Hip show, I was watching it at a party, with food, a swimming pool, a fire, camping, etc…in the country…in the backyard of a house formerly owned by Neil Peart. CanRock Bonus + 10000 points).