Far and Away: A Prize Every Time

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ECW Press, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages
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Following in the tradition of Ghost Rider and Traveling Music, Rush drummer Neil Peart lets us ride with him along the backroads of North America, Europe, and South America, sharing his experiences in personal reflections and full-color photos. Spanning almost four years, these 22 stories are open letters that recount adventures both personal and universal — from the challenges and accomplishments in the professional life of an artist to the birth of a child. These popular stories, originally posted on Neil’s website, are now collected and contextualized with a new introduction and conclusion in this beautifully designed collector’s volume. 

Fans will discover a more intimate side to Neil’s very private personal life and will enjoy his observations of natural phenomena. At one point, he anxiously describes the birth of two hummingbirds in his backyard; at the same time, his wife is preparing for the birth of their daughter — a striking synchronicity tenderly related to readers. 

A love of drumming, nature, art, and the open road threads through the narrative, as Neil explores new horizons, both physical and spiritual. This is the personal, introspective travelogue of rock’s foremost drummer, enthusiastic biker, and sensitive husband and father. Far and Away is a book to be enjoyed again and again, like letters from a distant friend.

 

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FAR AND AWAY: A Prize Every Time

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

From one of rock's most revered drummers, ruminations on motorcycling, drumming, the joys of fatherhood and the exquisite pleasure of simply enjoying the journey.As the lyricist for Canadian ... Read full review

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User Review  - rightantler - LibraryThing

A great collection of short essays by Neal Peart bringing us nicely up to date. Looking forward to the next book! Read full review

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Contents

A PRIZE EVERY TIME
1   THATS THE WAY WE ROLL
2   EVERY ROAD HAS ITS TOLL
3   SHUNPIKIN IT OLD SKOOL
4   HASTE YE BACK
5   THE HOUR OF ARRIVING
6   THE BEST FEBRUARY EVER
7   SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST
14   UNDER THE MARINE LAYER
15   A LITTLE YELLOW CABIN ON YELLOWSTONE LAKE
16   THE BALLAD OF LARRY AND SUZY
17   AUTUMN SERENADE
18   FIRE ON ICE
19   TIME MACHINES
20   THEME AND VARIATIONS
21   CRUEL SUMMER

8   WHEN THE ROAD ENDS
9   INDEPENDENCE DAY
10   THE DRUMS OF OCTOBER
11   DECEMBER IN DEATH VALLEY
12   A WINTERS TALE OF SUMMERS PAST
13   THE QUEST FOR THE PHANTOM TOWER
22   THE POWER OF MAGICAL THINKING
THE PRIZE
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About the author (2011)

Neil Peart is the drummer and lyricist of the legendary rock band Rush, and the author of Ghost Rider, The Masked Rider, Traveling Music, and Roadshow. He lives in Los Angeles.

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