Cigar Box Banjo: Notes on Music and Life

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Greystone Books, a division of D&M, Jan 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 257 pages
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This eclectic, funny, and moving book tracks a life lived in music and words. Paul Quarrington ruminates on the bands of his childhood; his restless youth, spent playing bass with the cult band Joe Hall and the Continental Drift; and his incarnation, in middle age, as rhythm guitarist and singer with the band Porkbelly Futures.
Ranging through rock OCOnOCO roll, the blues, folk, country and soul, he explores how songs are made, how they work, and why they affect us so deeply. This is also a book about friendship. In his imitably entertaining way, Quarrington recounts the adventures and vicissitudes he and his fellow band members share as they cope with everything from broken strings to broken marriages, making a last stab at that elusive thing called success.

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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

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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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