Lightfoot Biography To Be Released
PENGUIN CANADA TO PUBLISH DEFINITIVE GORDON LIGHTFOOT BIOGRAPHY BY ACCLAIMED MUSIC
JOURNALIST NICHOLAS JENNINGS
May 9, 2017. Toronto, Canada - Penguin Canada Publisher Nicole Winstanley and
Publishing Director Diane Turbide are proud to announce the forthcoming publication
of LIGHTFOOT by Nicholas Jennings. The book will be published under the Viking
Canada imprint on September 26, 2017; the deal was negotiated by agent Jackie Kaiser
of Westwood Creative Artists.
"We're thrilled to be publishing what will be the definitive biography of one of
Canada's best singer-songwriters," says Turbide. "Nick Jennings has had a
long-standing relationship with Gordon Lightfoot, and his book enlarges our
understanding of how an inspired songwriter works. I think it's going to delight
Lightfoot fans as well as attract new ones."
From the tender ballad of "Beautiful" to the historical lament of "The Wreck of the
Edmund Fitzgerald," Lightfoot's songs have enchanted fans for more than fifty years.
His works have been performed by musicians from around the world, including Bob
Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Gord Downie. In addition to winning nearly every Canadian
music award, Lightfoot was inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame
alongside such luminaries as Leonard Cohen and Dylan; it honoured him as a singer
who helped "define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and '70s."
Jennings has had unprecedented access to the notoriously reticent musician for
nearly two decades. He chronicles Lightfoot's beginnings as a songwriter to his
heyday in concert halls around the globe to his continued touring successes. In
creating an in-depth portrait of "the bard of Canada" he draws on reminiscences from
family, friends, musical greats, and industry insiders.
NICHOLAS JENNINGS was the music critic for Maclean's magazine from 1980 to 2000
before becoming a freelance writer. He has reviewed thousands of recordings and
profiled many of the world's leading artists, from Oscar Peterson, Paul Simon, Mick
Jagger, and Paul McCartney to Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLachlan, and Diana Krall. His
previous books include Before the Gold Rush: Flashbacks to the Dawn of the Canadian
Sound and Fifty Years of Music: The Story of EMI Music Canada. He lives in Toronto.