Cowboy Junkies XX
Whale and Star, 2006 - Music - 147 pages
Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for Whale and Star Press
For the Cowboy Junkies it all begins with a song: an acoustic guitar and a voice. But each song comes to each album with its own history, along its own strange path. Some are born and realized in a matter of minutes; others take years to finally find a place. Some pop out as perfect little gems; others mutate and transform themselves, stealing and pillaging from the unformed.
XX celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the Cowboy Junkies, one of the most distinctive and influential rock bands in recent years. Starting with the seminal album The Trinity Session, the Canadian band's signature sound, based on traditional blues and post-punk rock, has garnered much critical acclaim and an uncommonly devoted international following. The Cowboy Junkies are guitarist and lyricist Michael Timmins, bassist Alan Anton, and Timmins's siblings Margo (lead vocals) and Peter (drums).
This book, the first to focus on the Cowboy Junkies, offers an intimate look at the band through their own photographs and the poetic lyrics of Michael Timmins, who chose the selections. Each lyric is accompanied by a resonant illustration created by renowned artist Enrique Mart nez Celaya, who is a friend and fan of the band.
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INTRODUCTION by Michael Timmins 69
WHERE ARE YOU TONIGHT 79
BLACK EYED MAN 85
MURDER TONIGHT IN THE TRAILER PARK 91
ANNIVERSARY SONG 97
RING ON THE SILL 105
SOMETHING MORE BESIDES YOU 111
DARKLING DAYS 117
SMALL SWIFT BIRDS 123
THE SLIDE 131
CHRONOLOGY by Michael Timmins 142