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On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rockby Dave Bidini
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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. Brilliant performances and heart-sinking break-ups.
Bidini 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 revealing 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 Canada.
As the rhythm guitarist for Canadian rock group the Rheostatics, Bidini takes readers on the road, behind the scenes, and beyond the glitz of the stage lights, to the raw and entertaining reality of life as a rock musician.
About the Author
Dave Bidinis first book, published in 1998, was the popular and critically acclaimed On a Cold Road, about what its like to tour Canada as a rock and roll band. When he is not writing or travelling the world or playing left defence for his rec team, the Morningstars, Bidini is rhythm guitarist for the Rheostatics. The band has released ten albums to date, including Music Inspired by the Group of Seven, the soundtrack to the film Whale Music, which yielded the hit song “Claire,” and The Story of Harmelodia, a childrens album. A contributor to The Original Six: True Stories from Hockeys Classic Era and to Maple Leaf Gardens: Memories and Dreams 1931-1999, Dave Bidini lives with his wife and daughter in Toronto.
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