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Book Title: Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road|
The author of the book: Neil Peart
Date of issue: September 1st 2002
ISBN 13: 9781550225488
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 655 KB
Edition: ECW Press
Read full description of the books Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road:Man, some of you people are a tough crowd! I don't see any of you publishing a book or touring the world with a megaband. This book exists for several reasons - its a chronicle of what happened the year his wife and daughter died and how he coped. Why write a book? Maybe he was tired of answering the SAME QUESTIONS a bazillion times. This way he can say 'oh, I wrote this nice book about it, maybe you'd care to read it instead of annoy me?' Second reason - there exists in this world people who actually enjoy his narrative style and keen observations, and not everything he finds interesting goes into the lyrics. Reading the book(s) (there's more than one) actually expand upon the lyrics of many Rush songs and broaden the impact of the music for those intelligent (and unlazy) enough to find the linkages. Let's take an easy one: the song "Ghost Rider" and this book. You can listen to the song and its catchy, stands okay all by itself, but after you've read the book you understand the imagery of the song. What seems metaphorical lyrically is actual fact put to music... and you wouldn't know that if you didn't read the book. Third reason: this man writes because he enjoys writing, and it *is* a healing process that he can share with others, and by sharing that road he's helping them out too. There's no grief so great that a hundred thousand miles and countless bottles of Macallan won't numb... and from that anesthesia you will arrive at the same point the author did on p. 10: "Or maybe it was more like the Mormon woman's statement, 'the only reason I am alive is because I could not die.'" How many of you one-star whiners can appreciate the depth of grief behind that statement? He didn't write this book for you (no pictures, sorry)! Finally, this book is a closure, a retirement. The author is saying goodbye to his former life, including the fans who expect too much and just won't let go, and he's moving on to happiness with his new family. Ride on, MacDuff! We of intellect salute you and your accomplishments; let the rabble of narrow minds and pea brains be nothing more than a shadow in your rear-view mirror.
Read information about the authorNeil Peart (pronounced /ˈpɪərt/) OC, (born Neil Ellwood Peart) is a Canadian musician and author. He is best-known as the drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush.
Peart grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, Canada (now part of St. Catharines) working the occasional odd job. However, his true ambition was to become a professional musician. During adolescence, he floated from regional band to regional band and dropped out of high school to pursue a career as a full-time drummer. After a discouraging stint in England to concentrate on his music, Peart returned home, where he joined local Toronto band Rush in the summer of 1974.
Early in his career, Peart's performance style was deeply rooted in hard rock. He drew most of his inspiration from drummers such as Keith Moon and John Bonham, players who were at the forefront of the British hard rock scene. As time progressed, however, he began to emulate the jazz and big band musicians Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. Peart is also a pupil of jazz instructor Freddie Gruber. Peart has received many awards for his musical performances and is known for his technical proficiency and stamina.
In addition to being a musician, Peart is also a prolific writer, having published several memoirs about his travels. Peart is also Rush's primary lyricist. In writing lyrics for Rush, Peart addressed universal themes and diverse subject matter including science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy, as well as secular, humanitarian and libertarian themes. In contrast, his books have been focused on his personal experiences.
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