Okay, so maybe he's not a renaissance man in the traditional "speaks Latin and expostulates on European military history" sense, but your mind always does a bit of flip flopping when Dave Bidini's name comes up. Is that Dave Bidini the hockey (and baseball) guy? Or Dave Bidini whose pick King Leary by Paul Quarrington ruled over Canada Reads one year? And whose own book the 1998 On a Cold Road was in the running in 2012? Or Dave Bidini, founding member of the much loved Rheostatics?
Yep, yep, yep and yep. And that's just skimming the surface.
So you can be pretty sure this is no garden-variety playlist. He's included tracks by the people he knows and loves, including the Billie Hollies, (nepotism alert!) Ben Gunning, Selina Martin, Rush, Stompin' Tom Connors and spoken word artist C.R. Avery.
It's a great weekend to feature Bidini. He's as dedicated a hockey fan as there, so who better to have on when the sport returns and Hockey Night in Canada kicks off its 60th season? He even has another hockey book is in the wings. Fourteen and Me: The Search for Dave Keon and the Lost Soul of the Toronto Maple Leafs will be published in 2013.
So strap on your skates and get in the game with Dave Bidini.
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Below find Dave Bidini's My Playlist tracks with links to iTunes and/or other sources.
"This light of mind" Billie Hollies
"I think you're blind" Brent Randall and his Pinecones
"Oh Rebel" Ben Gunning
"I live the things that people make" Burning Hell
"High Class in Borrowed Shoes" Max Webster
"Pierre Elliott Trudeau" CR Avery
"Breath In" Selina Martin
"Janefield" Alun Piggins
"The Martin Hartwell Story" Stompin' Tom Connors (NA)
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on Jan 18, 2013