Far and Away
A Prize Every Time
By Neil Peart
(ECW Press, Hardcover, 9781770410589, 312pp.)
Publication Date: May 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Following in the tradition of Ghost Rider and Traveling Music, Rush drummer Neil Peart lets us ride with him along the backroads of North America, Europe, and South America, sharing his experiences in personal reflections and full-color photos. Spanning almost four years, these twenty-two stories are open letters that recount adventures both personal and universal—from the challenges and accomplishments in the professional life of an artist to the birth of a child. These popular stories, originally posted on Neil’s website, are now collected and contextualized with a new introduction and conclusion in this beautifully designed collector’s volume.
Fans will discover a more intimate side to Neil’s very private personal life, and will enjoy his observations of natural phenomena. At one point, he anxiously describes the birth of two hummingbirds in his backyard; at the same time, his wife is preparing for the birth of their daughter — a striking synchronicity tenderly related to readers.
A love of drumming, nature, art, and the open road threads through the narrative, as Neil explores new horizons, both physical and spiritual. This is the personal, introspective travelogue of rock’s foremost drummer, enthusiastic biker, and sensitive husband and father. Far and Away is a book to be enjoyed again and again, like letters from a distant friend.
Neil Peart is the drummer and lyricist of the legendary rock band Rush, and the author of Ghost Rider, The Masked Rider, Traveling Music, and Roadshow. He lives in Los Angeles.
"A ride well worth taking for those who seek the journey more than the destination." Kirkus (April 1, 2011)