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Lightfoot

Written by: Nicholas Jennings
Narrated by: Nicholas Jennings
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the 2017 Legislative Assembly of Ontario Speaker's Book Award

Nominated for the 2018 Heritage Toronto Award - Historical Writing: Book

The definitive, full-access story of the life and songs of Canada's legendary troubadour

Gordon Lightfoot’s name is synonymous with timeless songs about trains and shipwrecks, rivers and highways, lovers and loneliness. His music defined the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and ‘70s, topped charts and sold millions. He is unquestionably Canada’s greatest songwriter, and an international star who has performed on the world’s biggest stages.While Lightfoot’s songs are well known, the man behind them is elusive. He’s never allowed his life to be chronicled in a book - until now.

Biographer Nick Jennings has had unprecedented access to the notoriously reticent musician. 

Lightfoot takes us deep inside the artist’s world, from his idyllic childhood in Orillia, the wild '60s, and his canoe trips into Canada’s North to his heady times atop the music world. Jennings explores the toll that success took on his personal life - including his troubled relationships, his battle with alcohol and his near-death experiences - and the extraordinary drive and tenacity that pulled him through it all.

Rich in voices from fellow musicians, close friends, Lightfoot’s family and the singer’s own reminiscences, the biography tells the stories behind some of his best-known love songs, including “Beautiful” and “Song for a Winter’s Night,” as well as the infidelity and divorce that resulted in classics like “Sundown” and “If You Could Read My Mind.” 

Kris Kristofferson has called Lightfoot’s songs “some of the most beautiful and lasting music of our time.” 

Lightfoot is an unforgettable portrait of a treasured singer-songwriter, an artist whose work has been covered by everyone from Joni Mitchell, Barbra Streisand and Nico to Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, and Gord Downie. Revealing and insightful, Lightfoot is both an inspiring story of redemption and an exhilarating audiobook.

©2017 Nicholas Jennings (P)2017 Penguin Random House Canada

What the critics say

“Perhaps the greatest gift of...Lightfoot is that [it leads] you right back to [his] music. Feels like you never left, only better.” (Maclean’s)

“Jennings as always is a master storyteller... His deft manipulation of narrative, told in clear language, draws the reader in immediately...Jennings’s true gift might be his ability to slowly reveal Lightfoot to us - over the course of the book, the complexity of his character emerges, through a peeling away of the many layers the notoriously reticent singer has kept hidden. . . the best reward for Lightfoot fans who have waited for so long: Lightfoot is your chance to finally know him deeply.” (National Post)

“This is the definitive book on Gordon Lightfoot's life and lengthy career.” (FYI Music News)

“an informative, highly readable book...Lightfoot fans should rejoice.” (The Globe and Mail)

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enjoyable and interesting

Book was well written and read. Overall an enjoyable experience, especially if you're a Canadian.

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Canadiana

A must read for all Canadian music lovers. A well written story about a true Canadian icon. Makes you feel proud to be Canadian.

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Gordon Lightfoot is a Canadian treasure

This give the listener great insights into this living legend and tells his story from growing up in the town of Orilla to being one of the greatest artists in Canada. A great book

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  • Chad Torbet
  • 2020-07-24

Finally!

This book has been out for a few years now, and it should be heralded as a treasure! Gord has always been known as highly private and guarded about his life and this book gives wonderful insights into this legends life. The book is so freaking enjoyable, it makes you wish you were born in Orillia!

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  • J Worthen
  • 2020-04-25

Wow!

Fantastic insight to one of my all time favorites! My older sibs raised me on Gordon and this book helped me to really get to know the man through his music

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  • howard bascom
  • 2019-07-22

If you like Gordon Lightfoot.Read this

It fills in the backstory behind the songs and helps you understand what a man of substance Gordon Lightfoot is.

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  • RDale40
  • 2019-01-24

Lightfoot!

History of a great in the world of music. A living legend, and my favorite artist!