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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 On a Cold Road is the first book on my list for Canada Reads 2012 The point of Canada Reads is to find the most uintessentially Canadian book for the year to recommend to all Canadians to read On a Cold Road delivers what the subtitle says tales of adventure in Canadian rock by documenting the Rheostatics as they open for the Tragically Hip on a cross Canada tour Interspersed with Bidini’s poetic expressions of band life are interviews with the founders of Canadian rock The book begins uietly dealing with the troubles of the music business travelling on desolate country roads and playing in high school auditoriums before building up to the debauchery of groupies and of Yonge Street playing the hallowed ground of Maple Leaf Gardens and detailing the end band implosions The book takes the reader on uite a tourAs well Bidini’s prose is exuisite In a blizzard wind “knuckles the roof” of their touring van and Vancouver is described as a “kiss from a ponytailed girl” The book is also a love letter to Canada From experiencing “skin peeling” prairie cold in playing small towns to wild nights in Hamilton the band “got to know Canada way than they ever wanted to” Through the music Canada becomes a place “waiting to be explored”This book gave me a chance to relive my youth These were the bands and songs that were playing on the radio when I was in high school and university I also felt a different sense of nostalgia while reading the book The book describes a Canada that used to exist a country where we citizens had much in common All the kids of a certain age listened to the same music I don’t know if that’s true anyOr at least it felt that way This was the Canada I knew when I left in the mid 90s to live in Europe Canada was not the same place when I returned Canadians had suddenly become diverse without a common sense of self I didn’t know what Canadians shared anyAlso I initially found the transfer from Bidini’s narrative to the interviews jarring I needed to YouTube videos of the singers and bands mentioned to remind me of who they were Certainly they created great songs Unfortunately I haven’t remembered their names Also until now I never knew some of these guysgals were CanadianSo a combination of the book being set in a Canada Past and the fact that the musicians are no longer household names made this book feel datedWould On A Cold Road then be the ideal book for all Canadians to read this year?

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G 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 Cana Review originally posted on wwwchristinavasilevskicomAbout the book In the mid 90s Bidini’s band The Rheostatics was the opening act for The Tragically Hip on their “Trouble at the Henhouse” tour On a Cold Road is Bidini’s memoir of the tour compiled from the journal entries he wrote during it However the book also aims to serve as a collective history of touring across Canada and includes anecdotes and recollections from Canadian musicians from the 50s 60s and 70sWhat I liked In this book Bidini captured the allure of travelling and performing on the road and made it comprehensible to us non musicians He made me feel the urge to pack up get in a van and drive across the country to visit all of the little hole in the wall places that I could – despite the fact that I still don’t have a driver’s licenseHis emotions became my own I felt the frustration he did when The Rheostatics kept on encountering the rising popularity of The Tragically Hip in unexpected places and comparing it to their own lower level of success I felt the sadness and alienation he did when he thought he became friends with Joey Ramone only to meet Ramone at an autograph signing and find out that the other musician looked worn out and didn’t remember him at all His realization made a cold wave of sadness wash over my stomach “He had no idea who I was I left the store Outside the rain felt like spiders” Is there anything else one can say after that?What I disliked The book’s structure was disjointed and the anecdotes provided by other Canadian musicians about the growth of the Canadian music scene in the 50s 60s and 70s didn’t mesh with the framework provided by Bidini’s own writing The stories that the other rockers provided were grouped together by theme but I often found it hard to detect a throughline between what everyone else was talking about compared to Bidini’s narrative frameMore egregious though was the huge gender imbalance between the number of male musicians that were uoted compared to female musicians Given the context Canadian rock in the mid 20th Century I understand that there probably weren’t a lot of women in the industry But the number of times that women musicians were uoted or mentioned absolutely pales in comparison to the number of men I bet that Greg Godovitz had space in the book devoted to him than all of the women in it combinedOn top of that most of the men who did mention women in music in any sort of context talked about the wonderfulness of having groupies I didn’t need to know about how some musician in the 60s got a tongue bath from a willing groupie or how some lovely angel of a young woman rehabilitated some hapless rocker by taking him in and doing his laundry Women as sex objects? Rock on Women as maternal caregivers bringing hope and cleanliness? Great Women as euals and musicians in their own right? MehThe verdict Bidini is obviously skilled with words and some stories he captures like the experience of performing at Maple Leaf Gardens are imbued with magic It also helps that I’m a huge Tragically Hip fan and that I have a copy of “Live Between Us” their live album made from the same tour that Bidini was part of However On a Cold Road still didn’t “spark” to me very much While I was reading this book I had some money in my iTunes account and it never occurred to me to buy a Rheostatics album with it – instead I spent the money on some Neko Case music I think that’s pretty representative of my stance towards the book – interesting enough but not so interesting as to encourage further investigation Top'Actuel Fiscalité Du Patrimoine 2019-2020 effort to compare their La copropriété de A à Z 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 Cana Review originally posted on wwwchristinavasilevskicomAbout the book In the mid 90s Bidini’s band The Rheostatics was the opening act for The Tragically Hip on their “Trouble at the Henhouse” tour On a Cold Road is Bidini’s memoir of the tour compiled from the journal Créer une SCI familiale: Formalités - Gestion - Avantages - Régime fiscal - Modèle de statuts entries he wrote during it However the book also aims to serve as a collective history of touring across Canada and includes anecdotes and recollections from Canadian musicians from the 50s 60s and 70sWhat I liked In this book Bidini captured the allure of travelling and performing on the road and made it comprehensible to us non musicians He made me feel the urge to pack up get in a van and drive across the country to visit all of the little hole in the wall places that I could – despite the fact that I still don’t have a driver’s licenseHis L'essentiel du droit fiscal emotions became my own I felt the frustration he did when The Rheostatics kept on Restaurateur (Guides de bonnes pratiques d'hygiène n°5905) encountering the rising popularity of The Tragically Hip in unexpected places and comparing it to their own lower level of success I felt the sadness and alienation he did when he thought he became friends with Joey Ramone only to meet Ramone at an autograph signing and find out that the other musician looked worn out and didn’t remember him at all His realization made a cold wave of sadness wash over my stomach “He had no idea who I was I left the store Outside the rain felt like spiders” Is there anything Code des sociétés 2020, annoté et commenté - 36e éd. else one can say after that?What I disliked The book’s structure was disjointed and the anecdotes provided by other Canadian musicians about the growth of the Canadian music scene in the 50s 60s and 70s didn’t mesh with the framework provided by Bidini’s own writing The stories that the other rockers provided were grouped together by theme but I often found it hard to detect a throughline between what Le guide fiscal du patrimoine 2019: Bourse. 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MehThe verdict Bidini is obviously skilled with words and some stories he captures like the Les Mini mémos Foucher - Douanes - Échanges internationaux experience of performing at Maple Leaf Gardens are imbued with magic It also helps that I’m a huge Tragically Hip fan and that I have a copy of “Live Between Us” their live album made from the same tour that Bidini was part of However On a Cold Road still didn’t “spark” to me very much While I was reading this book I had some money in my iTunes account and it never occurred to me to buy a Rheostatics album with it – instead I spent the money on some Neko Case music I think that’s pretty representative of my stance towards the book – interesting PRIX DE TRANSFERT enough but not so interesting as to Les mini memos Foucher - Sociétés encourage further investigation

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Brilliant performances and heart sinking break upsBidini 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 revealin Do not call yourself a Canadian music fan till you've bought and read this book

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