Cigar Box Banjo: Notes on Music and Life

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D&M Publishers Incorporated, Jan 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 257 pages
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In Paul Quarrington's favorite childhood recording, a boy fashions a banjo from a cigar box, pluckily sets off for a contest in the next town, and wins with a song that weaves in the sounds he hears along the way: a bluebird trilling, truck tires whining. Years later, a writer and musician himself, Quarrington is suddenly diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and begins to ponder the path his own life has taken and the music it's made along the way. Quarrington ruminates on the bands of his childhood; his restless youth, spent playing bass with a cult band; and his incarnation, in middle age, as rhythm guitarist and singer with the band Porkbelly Futures. From rock'n'roll to country and soul, he explores how songs are made, how they work, and why they affect us so deeply.

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User Review  - JohnCouke - LibraryThing

Paul Quarrington's last book as we was diagnosed with lung cancer. Read this if you: (a) like Canada and/or Toronto and/or its suburbs, (b) like music including the blues, gospel, rock, and other ... Read full review

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User Review  - H Wesselius - Goodreads

Reading a book written by a man who knows he is dying is an interesting experience. What emerges is a picture who loves life - music, people, etc. The book doesn't contain any pontificating on the ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Paul Quarrington an acclaimed author, screenwriter and musician, died in January 2010, just days after completing The Cigar Box Banjo manuscript. His most recent novel, The Ravine, was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and he received the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for his novel King Leary, which was also the victor in “Canada Reads 2008.”

Roddy Doyle is an internationally bestselling writer. His first three novels—The Commitments, The Snapper, and the 1991 Booker Prize finalist The Van—are known as The Barrytown Trilogy.

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