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About the Creator and Performer

Praised by The New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists, songwriters, and composers of his generation. The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer-songwriter has released seven studio albums to date with, three DVDs, and three live albums, including the fantastic Grammy nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall. Musically, Rufus has collaborated with artists including Elton John, Burt Bacharach, Robert Wilson, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys, Heart, Robbie Williams, Jessye Norman, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Sting, and producer Mark Ronson, among many others.

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Thank you for inviting us into your life and music, Rufus

My wife and I listened to it in three parts....one chapter a night, by the fireplace in the evening with a glass of our favourite wine. Isn’t that great or what? Just like reading a book, our imagination makes up for the lack of visual display, and that was just perfect like that.

First of all, we loved the audio format, the variety on how Rufus presents Road Trip elegies, so it never gets boring. One moment, he narrates his life story, then we’re passengers in the car with him and his therapist, and all of a sudden we are transported to Los Angeles for an intimate live music show.

And second, the music is gorgeous, sometimes singing solo and sometimes singing incredible beautiful harmonies with a couple of very talented female singers, of course accompanied by great musicians. Could be just a piano, or added drums, guitars and violins. Always a surprise as we rode with him and weirdly, felt like we were actually with him, confiding to us, like we actually were his therapist...or even his friends.

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A SPECIAL TREAT. DON'T MISS IT!

I admit I never heard of Rufus before. My loss! I was captured by his honesty, his humor, his ability to talk about very serious and gard topics in a way that we all feel and experience what he went through. What a blast to experience his story and his singing at the same time! And boy, he can sing! He can sing anything! He can slso write beautiful songs! His journey is my journey and your journey: the eternal search for beauty and meaning. Thank you!

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Serenade with word and song

An insightful journey of song, personal reflections, legacy and conversation. I loved the musical interludes. More to come ?....One can hope.

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  • Janet
  • 2020-11-06

A Keeper

A very different listen for me. Interesting perspective into a long, sometimes troubled life. Especially appreciated the music, both original and classic; it all fit me very well. I have very specific musical friends I’d enjoy sharing this with. Look forward to doing so. Really enjoyed the Rufus voice on the songs; wide talent range. A very brave story.

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  • Townsend
  • 2020-11-14

Must listen!

If you are a Rufus Wainwright fan - which is everyone who has ever heard him sing - I don’t have to tell you that you need this audiobook.

If you aren’t familiar with Rufus Wainwright you owe it to yourself to get to know him by listening to his endearing memoir and getting a taste of his beautiful lush singing voice.

Pure genius told in his own voice.

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  • Mary Aalgaard
  • 2020-11-08

wonderful

Loved going on the road trip with Rufus and his therapist. Songs and stories come from the deep well of our being. I appreciate Rufus' honesty on his journey and relationships. I wish him continued success in his career and personal life.

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  • lk
  • 2020-11-15

Moved

I am so moved by the story and the music, the memories and the magic. Thank you for publishing this thank you for your love of the arts. God’s blessings today and always! Lucia

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  • Milton Carl
  • 2020-11-09

That was fun!

Don’t listen to this one if you are wanting to drift off to sleep. It will keep you awake. I am old enough that I knew his parents’ music first. I love that the story is sprinkled through with history, some of which I needed to look up. Always nice to be entertained and also learn something. What a lovely guy. It does kinda fall apart at the end... I would listen to another road trip in a heartbeat, tho.

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  • Christopher Barghout
  • 2020-11-19

Rufus music fan. Not into a prolonged psychotherapy session

Mommy and Daddy issues from a person who is a great musician. This felt so much longer than 3.5 hours. Painful unless you get paid hundreds of dollars an hour like the psychotherapist who tags along for the Montreal to NYC trip this is. Avoid at all costs and just listen to his music.

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  • TripChocCook
  • 2020-11-13

Lovely

Just lovely and soft despite some of the stories. It’s family and figuring out how to make it through the good and not so good..and the backdrop of place that is always there

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  • susan connors
  • 2020-11-12

Creative artistic intersection

Brilliant concept.
I listened to this on a NY road trip too.
So many great songs.
Loved Rufus’ musings on the intersection of opera & pop.

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  • Susan L. Parmentier
  • 2020-11-14

Been on my radar for just some time

Amazing evening. Many thanks..
Why does Audible require twelve more words, my charming and lovely, friends?

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  • Harlan Fricke
  • 2020-11-12

Really enjoyed this!

I haven’t heard anything like this before. If you’re a fan, I think you’ll love this. I also think casual listeners will find it enjoyable as well. This would be an interesting way to make albums in the future. Instead of just the tracks, you get an all encompassing story and a ton of insight into the songs. Just a thought.

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