Canada's Band: The Tragically Hip

Michael Barclay’s biography of The Tragically Hip, published by ECW last year, is a comprehensive tome about one of Canada’s favorite rock groups and Gord Downie, the band’s popular front man and lyricist, whose final years battling cancer made front-page news. Barclay takes a holistic approach to the tale and invites his reader to think about his book with a smaller narrative arc. He states from the top that “half of this book is a chronological history…the other half [sic] extrapolates on various themes throughout the band’s 32-year career…all chapters are written in a way that they can be read in isolation…in whatever order you like.” I’m sure the author had good intentions by setting up

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