The Rush vocalist and bass player gives the reader an in depth look at his life both in and out of the band in this fascinating lengthy autobiography. Initially we learn of his parents’ traumatic experiences as teenagers in World War Two and the murder of his grandfather in The Holocaust. Against this background, he describes a loving childhood environment and the introduction to music that eventually led to him dropping out of High School. However, it’s the time with Rush that most fans will want to turn to, going from their earliest days through the classic late seventies/early eighties albums and on to the very end of their long career with the vastly underrated Clockwork Angels album, one of their very finest efforts that for some reason often gets overlooked when assessing their music. The most interesting part of the book though is his close relationship with his two co-members in the group – they really were a band of brothers, as evidenced most in terrible times such as when Neil Peart tragically lost his daughter and then wife, and ultimately when he himself became terminally ill. Even now, it’s obvious Lee is still deeply affected by the passing of his friend and colleague. There’s an atmosphere of loss and poignancy at work here, but this is lightened by the author’s ongoing honesty and indefatigable humour, both of which pervade the pages in equal measure. I’ve waited a long time to read his life story, and this powerful memoir certainly doesn’t disappoint. Illustrated with a generous helping of previously unpublished photographs, this is a very enjoyable read, and would be a welcome inclusion in the Christmas stocking of the Rush fan in your life – I just wish they had come up with a better title.
Length of Read:Long
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
The music of Rush, Neil Peart’s own books, some of which cover the same ground from a different perspective.
One thing you’ve learned
A short speaking tour is scheduled in December.