Four strong winds gordon lightfoot
Four Strong Winds: Ian and Sylvia by John EinarsonAn acclaimed music historian brings us the long-awaited story of Ian & Sylvia - marking the first time that the legendary folk duo has endorsed a biography of their groundbreaking career.
Their classic Four Strong Winds is widely considered to be one of the great songs of all time. Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell count among their admirers. Their music, including hits like You Were On My Mind and Someday Soon, has been recorded by everyone from Dylan, Joan Baez, and Johnny Cash to Sarah McLachlan and The Tragically Hip. Their influence on music - both in Canada and the United States - has endured over generations and surpassed genres. Yet until now, we have known little of the story behind the folk sensations Ian & Sylvia. In Four Strong Winds, John Einarson takes us back to Ian & Sylvias early days in Toronto coffeehouses, to their experiences at the heart of the vibrant 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene, and beyond, as their personal and musical partnership continued to change and evolve. Based on Ian and Sylvia Tysons own personal reflections as well as on the recollections of contemporaries, associates, and admirers, Four Strong Winds is the definitive account of this iconic musical duo and a window on a fascinating period in music history.
Four Strong Winds
Ian Tyson book - jealous of Lightfoot. Nope, Tyson says, he simply did it for the money. Yes, "The Long Trail" is a raw, stark and at times even unflattering, but consistently honest portrayal of the Victoria native. Tyson writes about his infidelity, his sometimes-questionable parenting and the two bitter divorces he's endured. Also fair game: his drug arrest, his occasional bar brawls and his erstwhile distaste for other Canadian music icons. I've said , 'I don't know who the hell's going to want to read this thing.
Tyson has noted that he composed the song in about 20 minutes in his then manager Albert Grossman's New York apartment in The song has a clear Canadian context and subtext, including an explicit mention of the province Alberta as well as references to long, cold winters. In the United States, the song did not have the same initial chart success. Ian and Sylvia's single version released on Vanguard entered the Cashbox magazine "Looking Ahead" chart in September It has received significant airplay over album oriented rock and classic rock radio stations and has become part of Young's concert repertoire, including featured performances during Young's yearly appearances at Farm Aid benefit concerts  . The song is performed on the last night of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival each year.
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I had first heard about the book from David Rea who was interviewed at length for it, and mentioned his phone calls with the author on multiple occasions. I wasn't disappointed. Additional Amazon links: Amazon. It has long been one of my favorite venues; not only have I seen Lightfoot there read review here , but I performed there as a child ballerina, and they are a client of mine today, so there is a lot of personal connection. The book is very much the story of the duo, but with enough on their lives earlier and as children , and after they broke up musically and personally, although the musical connection actually outlasted the personal to put the duo's biography in context. I learned a lot about them that I didn't know, as my knowledge was limited to their early recordings, and the time that David was with them and most of that from David.
This 8 part series starts tonight on CMT canada. Part 4 features Lightfoot in the episode entitled "four strong winds" after the Ian Tyson song it airs on Jan. It should be a great look at Canadian music. Char [This message has been edited by charlene edited January 04, Thanks Char! I accidentally caught a clip from an interview with Gord a few nights ago I don't usually watch CMT and now this -- might have to change my viewing habits. Charlene, Is there any chance that this show will be aired in the US do you know?