On A Cold Road

On A Cold Road

Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock

Book - 1998
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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.

Publisher: Toronto : M&S, 1998
ISBN: 9780771014567
Branch Call Number: 781.66092 BID
Characteristics: 278 p. : ill


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Oct 22, 2018

Dave Bidini writes of a tour he and the Rheostatics made when they were the opening act for Tragically Hip. Throughout the book he does short interview-like pieces with various other musicians. It's funny, it's Hip ;), and just really interesting to read about musicians and some of their crazy experiences.

Feb 06, 2013

couldn't put this one down. honest in the same way as The Clapton autobio. more interesting than the Keith Richards. also recommend 'Travels with My Amp' by Greg Godovitz

Scout_WPL Apr 11, 2012

Adventure into the history of Canadian rock and roll with this easy read that will have you moving from page to page.

I would encourage the reading of this book for students who are challenged to find a good book.

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