Cigar Box Banjo

Cigar Box Banjo

Notes on Music and Life

eBook - 2010
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Perseus Publishing
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 ’n’ 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.

Publisher: Vancouver ; Berkeley : Greystone Books ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed in the U.S. by Publishers Group West, c2010
ISBN: 9781553656296
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 243 p.)


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Sep 07, 2012

Terrific read. Amazing life, both as a writer and musician. Quite moving as he nears the end of his life, but what a life!

Jul 08, 2010

Most readable!! Filled with anecdotes and lessons from the music industry. I think it captivated me because Paul Quarrington represents my generation. I enjoyed the format with the asides and footnotes leading away from the narrative. Written with class and humour while he faced his demise head on.

Brian Bosnell

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