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Roadshow: Landscape with Drums: A Concert Tour by Motorcycle [Format Kindle]

Neil Peart

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Neil Peart is an internationally acclaimed, bestselling, and award-nominated author, and for more than thirty years has been the legendary drummer and lyricist for the band Rush. For decades, Neil prepared and waited to write a book about the biggest journey of all in his restless existence, his ultimate travelogue - a concert tour. Finally, the right time and the right tour: Rush's 30th anniversary trek — 9 countries, 57 shows, and 500,000 fans.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 408 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1579401457
  • Editeur : ECW Press (1 juin 2011)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Wordy, but worthy 3 octobre 2006
Par KingLerxst - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Neil can write and portray landscapes extremely well. It's literally fun to read this book. Neil delves into everything from Rush to cycling, to soul searching. I wish he'd not complain so much about people in general, seems a little weird he chooses to play in a band, then complains about touring, etc. However, I love that Neil states these opinions. I personally think Neil would be better off to meet a few fans in controlled sessions--just so he understands most fans are not fanatical. I could have met Neil several times by chance, for example, but respected his privacy. The stories of crew, diners, landscapes, motels, roads, vegetation, town histories, Route 66, and other things portray how good a writer Neil is--without Rush. Neil essentially "bares his soul" in this book more than others. I pity a musician who on the one hand loves to play, but on the other complains so much about the rigors that come with his profession, most of which are "business-induced." Work basically sucks for everyone, but.. some are compensated more than others.. and it's comical to listen to sports players, musicians, etc, complain when they make big salaries compared to others. The book describes musical history, regional visits, friendships, bikes, cars, history, crew, technology, how an old map outperforms GPS (Doofus and Dingus) at times, a childhood in Ontario, tour struggles, spirituality, and intertwining relationships between crew, band members, and friends. I admire the soulful writing. Highly recommended for people who enjoy travel narratives or Rush. Neil is a perfectionist, who is as demanding of himself as of others--another paradox, because nobody's perfect. Neil also seems to be "rehearsed" as a writer and player, yet spontaneous all the while. His apparent dedication and tenacity for all aspects of his work are things I respect and admire. The book is quite polished, informative, and entertaining.
38 internautes sur 44 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great....but could have been better. 29 avril 2007
Par John A. Bertels - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Neil Peart is clearly a very talented author. For a man who didn't even finish high school, he writes with PhD-level intellect and one can hardly be bored by anything he has ever written. "Landscape with Drums" is Neil's narrative of his U.S. and European treks by motorcycle between cities and countries during Rush's R30 tour in 2004. It is a well-written account from both a musician and motorcyclist's perspective of the tolls of touring and putting in high-mileage days, riding between destinations. However, as good as I felt that this work is, it could have been better and here's why:

-Absence of visual imagery. This book is four hundred pages of text about a motorcycle tour with LOTS of riding, with no pictures for one to visualize what Neil is describing (and there's LOTS of description). From a fellow motorcyclist's perspective, I want to see what HE is seeing and not just leave it to my imagination. Sure, pictures would have raised the production cost/sale price but for dedicated fans and readers, it would have been worth it.

-Repeated references to church signs and dislike for fan contact. Okay, so, we're not in Neil's shoes and I perfectly understand him not caring for the public "eye" too much. I think that time, along with fans who don't respect boundaries, have worn him down. Who are we to say? Even so, this theme, repeated in a few of his books gets a little "tired".

The part about the church signs (while touring the U.S.) seemed to be almost mocking the various houses of worship. Again, we cannot imagine what Neil had to go through during his double-tragedy between 1997-1998 and it would have probably caused any one of us to doubt our faith. While Mr. Peart is definitely entitled to his opinion, it is afforded him to put into print because of his fame. He should remember that many of his fans are followers of some form of religion.

Don't get me wrong here, folks. I have been a Rush fan since 1979, and I absolutely love the work of Neil Peart. In fact, he could scribble on a cocktail napkin and I would call it a masterpiece. As lyricist and drummer for Rush, (along with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson), he has co-written some of the most famous progressive rock songs in the past 35 years.... Each Rush album from the mid-seventies through today is a collection of dramatic soundscapes and epic sagas, e.g. "2112", "The Spirit of Radio", "Tom Sawyer", "Red Barchetta", "Limelight", "Subdivisions", "The Big Money" and the list could go on and on... These songs were very powerful anthems of my youth, telling real-life stories that any adrenaline-filled teen or 20-something could identify with...Even today, these songs are timeless mainstays, engrained forever in the face of modern music.

Overall, I rated this book at four (4) stars, deducting one star for the two points mentioned above. There could have been a few pictures included that might have engaged the reader more, instead of making him/her feel as if reading Mr. Peart's diary.
36 internautes sur 42 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Less Road, More Show 4 octobre 2006
Par McTavish - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I had long anticipated reading this book, but the results were disappointing. I was hoping that Neil would focus on the experience of touring, drumming, and playing live, but he doesn't. The book focuses far more on his motorcycle trips between shows than on the shows themselves. The shows often get just a passing mention. For example, he frequently gives brief descriptions such as "It was a good show," and then largely leaves it at that. Well, why was the show good? He often doesn't say. Frankly, Neil seems so bored at this point with touring, that he prefers to focus on his travels and motorcycling. That's fine, but it's not what I was expecting considering the book's title.

Don't get me wrong. There are many great passages in the book that make it worth reading, but there's a lot of filler to sort through too. Fairly early on, he does describe the rehearsals for the first show and the first show itself, but then he abandons the topic for pages at a time. There are some great passages with interesting insights or funny recollections, but they are too few and far between. I found myself quickly scanning the pages (and pages) discussing motorcycle maintenance or roadside scenery, looking instead for anything on music, Rush, or playing live.

What's frustrating is that anyone can write a book on what it's like to ride a motorcycle cross country (again, he has already done that; see Ghost Rider). But he's the only person on the planet who can describe what it's like to be the drummer in Rush!

I imagine I'm not alone in wanting to read more details about his life as a touring musician. What's it like to be on stage and play with Alex and Geddy after 30 years? What's it like to see thousands of hands clapping during "Spirit of Radio?" What songs does he enjoy playing the most? I realize that all of these things may be old hat to him, but they're not to his fans. On the other hand, reading multiple accounts about how many miles he drove in a day or what he ate for dinner each night, just isn't that interesting, even if it is Neil Peart doing the writing. I guess I have to accept that the book I'm interested in reading Neil isn't interested in writing.

If you do want to get a better sense for Neil's life as a touring musician, I recommend reading the essay he wrote on this topic during the Moving Pictures tour, called "For Whom the Bus Rolls." Also, I recommend checking out the great documentary on the Rush in Rio DVD called "The Boys in Brazil," which Neil actually refers to and quotes from in the book. If you're looking for a great account of a rock tour, I highly recommend Bill Flannagan's excellent account of U2's Zoo TV Tour, "U2: Until the End of the World."
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 So So: Landscapes with Arrogance 12 octobre 2006
Par Dano S - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
This is the second book I have read by NP, the first being Ghost Rider. After reading this one though, I have mixed feelings about not only the book, but it's author as well. A bad taste stirs. I'll get well into all that soon enough.

Not only do I enjoy Rush's music, I am a musician as well for over 20 years now. Rush has influenced and inspired me just as so many other people have expressed likewise. It can't be overstated enough - Rush are truly "musicians musicians".

The book is an easy, fast read and grateful for that I am. While there are a few comical perspectives and moments that are quite enjoyable, it's too soon that a pattern of expression, subject matter and what details to expect are long established and become predictable. This translates into repetitious, tired topics. (How many times do we have to hear about the GPS systems and changed venue names?)

The mileage traveled in a day, rather than simply enjoying the process or destinations seems to take higher focus. After each trip to the next venue we get stats - distance in not only miles, but kilometers, the motel Peart and riding partner/friend/bodyguard/go-for stay at - and of course, the name of the closest TGI Fridays they eat at. (I'll take the plane ride with Geddy and Alex instead, thanks.)

In all fairness, there are occasions when we are treated to facts about history, famous quotes, touching moments and inner thoughts while Peart is playing live. Things do pick up a bit during the Canadian and European legs which are richer in detail, not to mention we are somewhat greeted by a welcomed break from NP's general crabbiness.

We aren't treated to as much of the music side of touring, the biz or the other band mate's as one would expect. Many people will read this book in order to gain insight about Rush and the music side, not because Peart documents his too self-focused and somewhat dull travels on this tour.

The best insight NP divulges about his band mates are all quoted from the Rush in Rio DVD sadly, and by themselves no less. NP doesn't stick around with anyone too long before or after the gigs and it's about half way through the tour he wishes it was over (much like my experience with this book). I cant help but wonder if one day NP gets the same recognition for being a writer as he does for being in a rock band, will he not want to talk about that either with anyone in social settings?

It's too bad. Such a mine of information and rich subject matter could have been presented from over 30 years of being a professional touring musician in one of the greatest bands. That aspect is far more interesting hands down than any rainy ride on a 2-wheeler could ever possibly present. Not to mention, after 4 books of it, the towel may be well rung out at this point.

I would have loved to hear what went on back stage with Jack Black in more detail or 30 years of band antics. At least that sound fun - and that's what's missing here, the fun. Peart more or less gets through all this, rather than enjoys it.

While I agree with NP's perspective on organized religion in general and the fact some people may force their views on others, the manner chosen or even this venue to express it didn't sit well. The continual poke at what church signs read along the way came off as a bit smug, and again, tired.

Admittedly, I may be making a bigger deal of it than deserved. Being rubbed the wrong way one too many times tends to have that affect. Arrogance rears it's ugly head again when NP takes the liberty to gesture passing cars how to drive to his satisfaction along roadways.

I couldn't help but think part way through this book, it's sad what stardom does to most musicians and actors. (I guess you could throw a few other professions in as well.) First they all want to be noticed, have everyone buy their records, believe in them, support them and go to their shows, then when they reach comfortable financial status and a high level of notoriety for what they do, they don't want to be bothered. For a band like Rush, fame happened long, long ago when 2112 was on 8-Track.

"People make a living and money because others like what they do. People gain fame and make lots of money because others are passionate and affected by what they do."

Is having a photo taken or saying hi for a few minuets to fans really that big of a deal? Jeez. Isn't that part of the job to a degree? In many other industries they call it "customer service". Sure, we all have freewill to think, say and do whatever we want. Does that mean we always should though?

As far as safety from "maniac fans", people face threats everyday all over the world - not just stars, and much, much worse threats I might add. In an incident with a fan, it's actually Peart who lashes out, not the fan. I couldn't help but wonder - could the situation have ended with far better outcome not just for the fan, but for Peart if he had just taken 15 seconds to sign the mans LPs and say thanks for traveling all that way?

You could bet though if the situation were a lots of empty seats and horrible record sales over the years, the policy may be a bit different today. Does anyone else whiff the distinct stink of "Hogwash-Ode-De-Double-Standard" in the air?

As another reviewer noted, NP complains incessantly about traffic, drivers, cities, bugs, food, parties, being asked about his profession, set lengths, electronics, show times, and fans all the way through well past the last truck carrying light rigging disappears far over the horizon.

One can't help but think, maybe it is time to put down the sticks and call it a day.
11 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 It's only work if you'd rather be doing something else. Neil Would. 10 octobre 2006
Par Chris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Have you ever seen those Tee-Shirts stating "I would rather be... (fill in anything better than what you're doing)?

In his written account of ROADSHOW Neil Peart makes it perfectly clear that playing drums on a RUSH tour is WORK and he would rather be doing something else.

ROADSHOW is an honest account of the man, many name - the best drummer alive (or dead). Peart makes no excuses in his exclamations of being bothered by overly zealus fans, having his picture taken with fans, and being asked any question about himself or the band. Peart explains his self barrier from fans as due to his relentless shyness and personal doubt of his own worthiness of such attention.

However, as a reader, it's certainly apparent that Peart has lost his fervor for Rush. He gives much affection to his bandmates but it seems evident that his drive for the music and performing for the fans has been lost somewhere over the years.

I was deflated by the loss of drive that Peart has suffered for his music...Rush's music. More so, I find it understanding how Rush fans would be put off by his believing them mostly to be weirdo's if they should happen to get to close to him by approaching and asking for an autograph. Of course, Peart usually does sign the autographs but the book makes it clear that he would rather not be bothered.

I do not beleive that Neil Peart is nose up. I believe the man is a good man and an honest one. He told the truth in ROADSHOW. It's just that the truth isn't going to make Rush fans happy. Fans want him to indulge them into the inner workings of the band. Peart does give some details and shares many stories about previous tours and his bandmates. But the book is titled ROADSHOW - A Concert Tour by Motorcycle. Thus, it is exactly as offered. It is about Neil Peart on tour - on Motorcycle - between shows.

I think what has caused pain for Rush fans is that, while Peart is regularly noting his disdain for the tour, referring it all as WORK, and frequently dismissing fan appreciation as worrisome and often scary, his fans are reading about his living in the riches of California's Malibu region, luxurious adventures, staying in nice hotels, eating well, being prosperous, traveling Eurpoe, and riding his bike all over the world.

Peart fans feel that they have paid for those services and that Peart owes then just a little more gratitude and love.

But realistically, fans haven't paid for NEIL PEART. They've paid for his talent. So let's all just give the man his credit for being a superb drummer of a very unique band that survived for over three decades.

Neil Peart doesn't like touring anymore. He's tired of it. Rush is work to him. He'd rather be doing other things...

Let him do them without judgement. If you aren't happy with him, don't buy anymore music from Rush, refuse the concerts, and stop asking him for autographs and such. But don't punish him for being honest.

Buy the book!

ROADSHOW is a great book! It really is. Neil peart is a solid writer with a promising future. Unfortunately though, most folks buying this and other Neil Peart books are Rush fans. And if the book stirs up some distance between the fans and Peart, his writing future may lay like a heavy bike on a hairpin turn.
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