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on 28 October 2005
Art to me is about emotion.
I have read all three of Mr Pearts books to date, they are widely differing in subject matter. But they do have a common thread running through them, that of exposing the true emotions and feelings of a very private man.
With this book I found it to be far lighter than the previous books. I liked the mix of scenery/event discription, remenisences and as a music lover, the opions from a fellow music lover of his tastes. Some of the music he listened to on the journey was pretty obscure,and much not so. This intrigued me, so I bought several of the albums. Some of it I loved some of it I didn't, but it has introduced me to some music that I may never have discovered on my own. I get the feeling that sharing his musical tastes in this way was very much the point he was aiming at with this book, and I think any serious music listener can appreciate that.
Neil Peart's emotions stirred my emmotions, so that means that this book is not just entertainment to me..... it is art!
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on 4 December 2004
Neil Peart's third published book deserves a wider audience than just Rush fans. Part travelogue, part music critique and part biography, Travelling Music is a smooth read (as smooth as the car the author drives)full of interesting perspectives on the music that has been a part of Peart's life and times and reminiscences of his earlier life (particularly his time living in London in the early seventies).
Peart's style is flowing and draws you into his story even through a myriad of scene changes, from travelling through national parks in the present day to the events of thirty years ago and dropping in comments on the music he is listening to and the books he is reading as he goes.
For readers of Peart's earlier works, you'll find this less demanding than the Masked Rider and less harrowing than Ghost Rider, but still with the rich descriptive turn of phrase and enlightening sharing of knowledge that made those books so readable.
My only comment on the downside is that some of the stories did feel a little 'wedged in', a feeling that made sense toward the end of the book when Peart explained the rationale of the structure and it being based on the lyrics at the start of the book. A very interesting and worthwhile idea, yet I can't help feeling it didn't quite come off. Close, but not quite.
I read very little non-fiction so the highest praise I can give to a non-fiction book is this - 'When will your next book be out Mr Peart?'
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on 21 December 2009
I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at the extent of this man's talents; music (though he says other musicians generally exclude drummers from this definition), writing, skiing, extreme cycling, motor cycling. And seemingly modest too. The insight to life as a rock star was different.
The book was conceived as a kind of road movie with music albeit necessarily musical references in this case. It worked for me.
I couldn't quite understrand his several statements that the Beatles weren't original (Sgt Pepper, Abbey Road not original?) but hey, thats his opinion and I was happy to pay to learn that opinion.
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on 27 October 2011
I was given a copy of this book by a fellow fan after going to see Rush live on their Time Machine tour in London. I have been a casual fan of Rush for the past thirty years, but have never really taken the music at anything more than face value. Travelling Music changed all that. It's a thoroughly engaging and absorbing read that gave me a fascinating insight into the man behind the drums. It's an unconventional book that takes its time to get going, but is well worth persevering with, and, like its author on one of his motorcycle road trips, it takes the scenic route through his life, thoughts and musical influences. Well worth a read.
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on 3 March 2014
95% of the people interested in this book will be Rush fans. Fortunately we finally have an autobiographical account of one of the members. Those chapters are fantastic. The other half is Mr Peart's attempts to try to be an author as if the only reason people are reading is for a travel book. Sometimes I was astounded by the lack of power the editor had. His description of a bird watching class is of no interest to anyone. It is also clear Mr Peart has out grown his joy of being in a band. Yes, we understand touring is hard mate, but it's not as hard as working as a cleaner.
With that in mind, all Rush fans, you will enjoy the bit of the book you actually bought it for: insight into Rush and Neil Peart the musician.
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on 21 July 2013
I really liked this book. An intelligent, thoughtful, erudite book full of little pearls of wisdom. A fascinating insight into the life of one of the best rock musicians out there. Finally, I found his passion for nature and geology, and above all, his passion for learning, to be an inspiration. Highly recommended.
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on 2 July 2015
I have purchased this a birthday present for my husband, he loves any of the books by Neil Peart
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on 29 November 2008
I've been a fan of Rush since my early teens (too many years ago!)
This was a great read, I do enjoy Peart's lyrical style with not too many Americanisms. His enthusiasm for the flora and fauna of the states he visits adds to the experience along with a dram of a single malt McCallan at the end of the day.
We get an insight into the man, many regard as one of the Worlds finest drummers. From small town Canada as a boy, living in London as a teenager and a glimpse of the family tradgedies of the late nineties. All dealt with a deep humility and a dose of humour.
For the fan it also gives an insight in the inspirations behind the lyrics of the Snakes and Arrows album.
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on 6 October 2014
compelling, uplifting
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on 29 January 2016
good read
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