The Never-Ending Present

The Never-Ending Present

The biography of ?Canada?s band? In the summer of 2016, more than a third of Canadians tuned in to watch what was likely the Tragically Hip?s final performance, broadcast from their hometown of Kingston, Ontario. Why? Because these five men were always more than just a band. They sold millions of records and defined a generation of Canadian rock music. But they were also a The biography of ?Canada?s band? In the summer of 2016, more than a third of Canadians tuned in to wa...

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Title:The Never-Ending Present
Author:Michael Barclay
ISBN:The Never-Ending Present
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  • The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip
  • The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:380 pages pages

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  • Anne
    Jun 22, 2018
    3.5 stars ...
  • rabbitprincess
    Apr 17, 2018
    4.5 rounded up ...
  • Wendy
    Apr 04, 2018
    Currently Reading ...
  • Kevin Gallan
    May 06, 2018
  • Kevin
    Jul 13, 2018
    The last 90 pages of this book were the hardest read of my life, mostly because it talked about the end of Gord's life, and with my dad starting radiation in two weeks, it hit me in a way I never thought it would. A stellar read. ...
  • Mr Slug
    May 09, 2018
  • H
    May 21, 2018
    Too big of an info dump, and the lack of band input made me uncomfortable. ...
  • Candice
    Apr 02, 2018
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy of this book - all opinions are my own. Michael Barclay completely blew me away with this book. It would be a disservice to pigeonhole this as a biography about the Tragically Hip - yes the focus of the book is the Hip, ...
  • Janet
    Apr 01, 2018
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- The biography of ?Canada?s band? In the summer of 2016, more than a third of Canadians tuned in to watch what was likely the Tragically Hip?s fina...
  • Ellen Worling
    Jul 11, 2018
    Fans of the Tragically Hip will certainly enjoy this unauthorized look back at the band's long career. Fans of Canadian music will also enjoy the side bars and stories by many, many musicians, filmmakers, artists and others on the scene in the 80's, 90's etc. Brought back many happy me...
  • Shane Smith
    May 17, 2018
  • Torie Dactyl
    Jun 30, 2018
  • Rick
    Mar 23, 2018
    The Never-Ending Present is book that should be savoured by Hip fans. It is more than just an outstanding biography of the band, but also a thematic exploration of key issues that have surrounded the band throughout their history. If you don't know or like he band, I wouldn't recommend...
  • Ron Perron
    Jul 03, 2018
    (3.5) I don't particularly enjoy non-fiction, so the fact I breezed through this speaks a lot to the quality of the writing. At times beautiful and brilliant, it does offer insight into the Hip. It isn't a balanced retelling though with most of the focus on the opening and closing acts...
  • Clare Thompson
    Jul 31, 2018
    I really expected this to be a book just about Gord Downie and was pleasantly surprised that it really is a detailed history of The Tragically Hip. It really dives deep into the Toronto/ Canadian music scene from the 80's through to the present. Very well researched. With plenty of beh...
  • Gphalen
    Jun 28, 2018
    Aboslute Garbage... When a man ask no book be written and the band behind him tells you they want no part of this. Then that man dies and you write it anyways your a disgusting piece of shit! As a Canadian and a fan of TTHP since the 80s Michael Barclay is a huge piece of shit for tryi...
  • Josh Gering
    May 19, 2018
    This is a great read. It gives insight into the development of the band from high school all the way through their career. One can see why Gord was special. He was special in such an ordinary way. Simple kindness. I loved reading this. ...
  • Stephen Johns
    May 01, 2018
    I liked The Never-Ending Present, but didn't quite love it. Given the combination of author and subject, however, I was expecting to love it, which left me feeling oddly disappointed. It's certainly a good read, and Barclay writes the hell out of his topics, but interspersing vaguely t...
  • Sonstepaul
    Jul 17, 2018
    This is a book I don?t feel bad rating maybe a bit higher than it deserves because when it?s good it?s surprisingly good, but there are things. I?ll step past talking about the band, Gord, the national discussion, the importance of this book?s existence at all. That?s a...
  • Derek Lutz
    Jul 15, 2018
  • Lance Lumley
    Apr 21, 2018
    Since there are not many books on the Canadian band The Tragically Hip, this is the book to have about one of the most underrated bands in music, especially in Canadian Music. The book is almost 500 pages, and covers everything about the band , from the early bar days of the members ...
  • Suzanne McLean
    Jun 15, 2018
    4 1/2 stars. Will post review once I stop crying. ...
  • Jeff Shelton
    Jun 21, 2018
  • Brennan Gillis
    Aug 09, 2018
    Throughly enjoyable if you're a total hip fan. Great history, information on songs, stories of the band's recruitment of producers and engineers. Loved it. ...
  • Stephane Savoy
    Jun 28, 2018
    Totally fan since their first album... enjoyed the read, will always enjoy the Hip music and some of their other projects... really lift my hat to the band and crew for standing behind Downie during the last tour and more... really hope that the surviving members will continue to creat...
  • Danielle Richardson
    May 26, 2018
  • Marc Lehmann
    Aug 07, 2018
  • John Driscoll
    Aug 01, 2018
    This book is a must-have for any fans of the Hip. Furthermore any fan of 90s Canadian Alternative rock. Great Stories about bands such as The Dinner is Ruined, 5440, Odds, Head, By Divine Right, change of heart etc can be found in this book :) ...
  • Mike Kuzak
    Jul 14, 2018
  • Paul
    Apr 20, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed the book. As someone who has had an on-again off-again relationship with the band, it was fascinating to read about some of the background behind the band forming, and the recording of their albums. The interview snippets from the people surrounding the band were e...