I’m sure you’re all wondering what to read this year.
Well, here are 5 music-related books by Canadian authors that I think are absolutely essential.
Having read each of these several times, I recommend that you do too.
Michael Ondaatje – Coming Through Slaughter
Hands-down, Ondaatje’s best book. And it’s about jazz. I love jazz. Read this now.
Gordon Downie – Coke Machine Glow
Ah, Gordie, can he do no wrong? Awesome poetry from left field.
Dave Bidini – On A Cold Road
Bidini’s one of my fave Canuck writers anyway, and this one is a gorgeous, honest appraisal of life on the road in this big old lug of a country of ours.
Hawksley Workman – Hawksley Burns For Isadora
Hawksley’s the man, a poet, a rocker, a genius, and a freak, and this collection is a must.
Leonard Cohen – Stranger Music
Collects a whole bunch of Leonard’s writing. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. Own this book. Make a shrine for it in the corner of your living room. Light some candles. Embrace.