The following titles are full biographies or books
that contain significant Lightfoot content.
A very nice description of Lightfoot's career
up to 1977, quoting many newspaper
and magazine articles to illustrate her points. Contains a wide selection
of rare photos.
Published by Gage - 1979
HEART OF GOLD
30 Years of Canadian Pop Music - Contains section devoted to Lightfoot
Published by CBC Enterprises - 1983
ISBN 0-88794-112-5 (bound) ISBN 0-88794-110-9 (paperback)
CHASING THE DRAGON
by Cathy Smith
Autobiography by Lightfoot's former girlfriend - Contains several chapters
on her time with Lightfoot.
Published by Key Porter - 1984
IF YOU COULD READ HIS MIND
Very disappointing effort. Contains numerous
factual errors and glosses over Lightfoot's vast
musical accomplishments, instead rehashes
many already well documented Lightfoot tales.
The author doesn't seem to grasp the depth
of Lightfoot's music and his high place and degree of
influence in the realm of past and present
singer-songwriters. The definitive Lightfoot biogaraphy
Published by Deneau - 1988
OF OUR TIMES
Eight Canadian singer songwriters - Contains section devoted to Lightfoot
Published by James Lorimer & Co. - 1990
ISBN 1-55028-317-0 (bound) ISBN 1-55028-315-4 (paperback)
SOME DAY SOON
Canadian songwriters - Contains section devoted to Lightfoot
by Quarry Press - 1991
OF THE ORILLIA OPERA 1895-1995
Donald W. Jenkins
the 100th anniversary of the Orillia Opera House a commemorative
done, with a brief forward written by Lightfoot. There are numerous
to Lightfoot in the book, with one chapter dedicated entirely to his
played there and to his overall support of the building and to
THE GOLD RUSH
by Nicholas Jennings
An in depth look at the Toronto music scene
of the 60's, focusing on the
Yorkville district and the many talents who
had their beginnings there, with
Lightfoot very prominent among that crowd
which included the likes of Neil
Young, The Band and Joni Mitchell. Numerous
references and photos of
Lightfoot are included in the book.
An interesting read.
Published by Penguin Books - 1997
MY OWN KEY
classical guitarist Liona Boyd devotes a chapter in her
to her time touring with Lightfoot as his opening act in the
A unique insight into that very heady period in Lightfoot's
Boyd displays her deep affection for Lightfoot and an honest
for the wonderful boost he provided to her career by opening her
up to his
more mainstream, non-classical audience during that period.
contributes an endorsement on the back cover.
by Stoddart - 1998
OUT OF HERE ALIVE - THE BALLAD OF MURRAY MCLAUCHLAN
is surprising on two fronts. First, Lightfoot has long been ackowledged by
as an influence, helping hand and friend, yet this book contains no reference
things and gives Lightfoot scant mention. More surprisingly, the scant mention
does receive is in very unflattering terms. A very unbalanced and disappointing
by Viking - 1998
WRITING GORDON LIGHTFOOT
semi-fictional account of Lightfoot, using the 1972 Mariposa Folk Festival
events of that year as a backdrop. It's difficult to give this
author any credence on the subject matter,
in light of his admission of spreading false rumours of Lightfoot plagiarising,
then refusing to retract
his comments when proven wrong. And on top of everything else, pasting Gordon's
Bob Dylan on the cover, smacks of cheap exploitation. It's more the kind
you'd expect from someone like Kitty Kelley.
by McClelland & Stewart - 2011
A comprehensive Lightfoot biography.
Published by Viking - September 19, 2017