We're close to the end of May already and the What’cha Readin’ Book Club is almost done with Writing Gordon Lightfoot by respected author/musician, Dave Bidini. Some of you have been reading the book, which is great! In case you missed it, the big news is that I convinced Bidini to take part in a live chat about the book on Wednesday, May 23 at 12 p.m. ET. That's lunch time, right here in the Rock community, and you're invited to ask him some questions. It shall be grand.
Oh, if you haven't sent me an email yet about a copy of Writing Gordon Lightfoot that you've won here, what's the hold up bub? Please do write me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your shipping address, blog name, winning answer, and "Writing Vish Khanna" in the subject line.
So, Bidini's book is a kind of biography of Lightfoot but it's all framed around this week in 1972, where all sorts of incredible things happened leading up to a surprising edition of the Mariposa Folk Festival. There were prison riots, off-ice hockey fights, spirited chess matches, Exile on Main Street and an uncommon gathering of the world's best songwriters on Toronto Island. All the while, Gordon Lightfoot was living his life, a life that Bidini wanted to know more about. But Lightfoot won't talk to Bidini. Bidini thinks Lightfoot hates him, which, in turn, pisses Bidini off enough to write this book. It's all a bit melodramatic actually, but I can't turn away. I'm riveted and don't want it to end. But it has to and next week, we'll talk to Bidini about it. Unless he hates me now. Which will piss me off.
Do you have any thoughts about Writing Gordon Lightfoot to share with us this week? Are you a fan of Dave Bidini? How about Gordon Lightfoot? What do you make of these figures? Please let us know below.
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on May 17, 2012