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
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  • The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip
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  • catechism
    Oct 13, 2018
    Two problems with this book: one, the band did not participate and the author had no access, and so, if you are someone who has spent years lurking in Hip forums and read/watched/listened to every interview any of them have done and been to a number of shows high enough you've lost tra...
  • Calvin
    Aug 31, 2018
    Definitely a book for fans of The Hip. Lots of interesting insights from the people around the band. Even though it says you can read the chapters in any order, I think it still makes sense to read it chronologically. I found the chapters (in present tense) that dealt with themes o...
  • rabbitprincess
    Apr 17, 2018
    4.5 rounded up ...
  • Dan
    Oct 23, 2018
    The Story of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip... A thorough history of Canada's greatest band. Only slightly depressing because of how it ends. ...
  • Wendy
    Apr 04, 2018
    Currently Reading ...
  • Monique
    Dec 11, 2018
    Review written: December 11, 2018 Star Rating: ????? Heat Rating: N/A An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review. What can I say about this book beyond how grateful I am that I have finally finished it? In ugly...
  • Susan Visser
    Sep 18, 2018
    I loved the band and loved the book. I've been to many of the Tragically Hip shows and once met Rob Baker in the airport in Vegas. He was on the same flight as me, so I chatted with him before the flight boarded. I'm embarrassed to say that I asked the stupidest, but most frequently as...
  • Cobie
    Sep 14, 2018
    This books was great in parts and not so great in other parts. I found it wandered away from the main content on a Few occasions and it took a while to get back. The ending as you know would leave you in all of your feelings and goosebumps. But was a good book that enjoyed. I found the...
  • 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, ...
  • Megan
    Dec 08, 2018
    Not for hardcore fans. The band did not participate in this book, and the author had no access to them. The book is a regurgitation of information most Hip fans already have knowledge of. ...
  • Tina Miller
    Oct 11, 2018
    If you've ever loved rock and roll, bands and music, listen (especially) or read this story. I barely knew them and only skimmed Canadian rock, but I came to love them and I cried my way through the end chapters. The original five band members played together for over 30 years until th...
  • Geoffrey Kelley
    Jan 02, 2019
    This is a book of great strengths and weaknesses. The strengths include a sympathetic appreciation for Kingston and the early days for the Hip, and the ties that bound the five men together. It is always interesting to learn about the creative process and the circumstances surrounding ...
  • 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...
  • Darren
    Oct 02, 2018
    I got this as a e book for my tablet from the provincial electronic library website. I enjoyed reading it. It was the story about how the Tragically Hip formed and their rise to fame. It's too bad that Gord Downie passed away from his terminal cancer. I found he was a good singer and a...
  • Carey
    Nov 23, 2018
    3.5. ...
  • 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...
  • Santino Maguire
    Oct 22, 2018
    This is without a doubt the worst biography I've ever read. It calls itself "the story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip," but it's not really. It's goes on and on interminably with anecdotes only tangentially related to the band: "Gord Downie died from cancer, here's sixteen p...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Deborah Sowery-Quinn
    Sep 15, 2018
    Really enjoyed this biography of my favourite band. ...
  • Darren Hull
    Oct 14, 2018
    Very good. Since the band didn't actually take part in the making of this biography, there's not a huge amount of new information presented. However, the book's strength comes in the chapters that provide 'context', whether it be the Hip's (and other Canadian acts) success in the State...
  • 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...
  • 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 :) ...
  • Johnny Canuck
    Oct 01, 2018
    An excellent look at the band that defined Canadian rock music for the turn of the millennium, and the frontman who wanted to show Canadians who we were, when we strip away all the nationalism. Barclay's writing is engaging and the semi-chronological progression of the chapters help...
  • 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...