Roadshow: Landscape With Drums: a Concert Tour by Motorcycle (英語) ハードカバー – 2006/9/30
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An account of the band Rush's celebratory thirtieth anniversary world tour, told from the perspective of its drummer and lyricist, traces their journey through nine countries, during which the band performed fifty-seven shows to more than half a million fans, and the author traveled by motorcycle on highways throughout North America and Europe.
It's like purchasing a ream of paper. Same size, same feel.
I'd say this is definitely the case when one should purchase the Kindle edition. There really is no difference whatsoever in terms of content, but the price of the digital edition is a fraction of what is asked for this.
Rush fans, remember that the only thing that Neil and 'the guys at work' owe us is a good performance. Like most of the buyers of this book, I have seen Rush many times, and they never disappoint live.
Neil Peart didn't have to write this book, we should all be thankful that he has.
That out of the way, what's the book like? It's a travelogue through the US and Europe, describing his motorcycling exploits during Rush's 2004 world tour. His writing style is engaging and easy to read, but the sense of social awkwardness mentioned above does come through quite strongly. Writing a book is clearly an intellectual exercise for Peart - the logical next step from writing lyrics, and just as Peart has really never written a love song, his prose style is long on facts and short on emotion. Reading this won't give you more than a superficial insight into Peart the man, but it does give a reasonable picture of the life of a (rather tired and jaded) musician on tour. Not a classic by any stretch of the imagination, but a worthwhile read nonetheless.
If you do choose to read this book and you are a Rush fan,as am I,switch that bit of you off and read all of it and not just the bits that upset you;it is very well balanced.
You will find this book an honest account of a what life is like 'on the road' for a highly respected man in his field,warts and all! ( Yes he is a wealthy man through his work, it's well deserved,get over it!)
Neil Peart is a very 'private' man who chooses to share his life with 'all',not just his fans through the medium of the written word,it is a journey shared,read and enjoy.
Read the review written by peter Carrol from Scotland on this site, he says it much better than me!
A fantastic Travelogue and as good a travel book as i've read.
It soon becomes evident to the reader that Peart considers his work as just a `job' - a necessary method of keeping himself in his privileged, cocooned and yes, selfish lifestyle, In the book, he expresses relief at cancelled shows, and reveals that he refused to add `Closer to the Heart' to the already `overlong' set list for the UK leg of the tour. He generally gives the impression of wanting everything on his terms or not at all.
My particular irritation was his attitude to fans who idolise him - a bad fan being one who pursues him for a mere autograph - a good one is one who happens to also possess the skills to fix his motorcycle so that he can indulge himself in a pastime others can only dream of.
His quest, described in the book, to collect nine passport stamps from various US National Parks, to him a far more worthwhile quest than those of the loyal fans simply wanting his autograph or a picture. I was outraged to read of his private security droid, Michael, HANDCUFFING a UK fan, only releasing him at Peart's behest. Surely that's illegal in the UK?!
The book is obviously a well researched history lesson (Yawn!!) of the places Peart has visited, including Swiss Alpine retreats, Scottish Castles and sumptuous historical hotels - all arranged for him by a flunky and paid for by the likes of me and thousands of other fans around the world. Good luck to him, but a bit more recognition and appreciation of how he got there would have been more pleasing to read.
Rush fans around the world will, like me, be hurt by this book. From a purely business point of view its commercial suicide. They'll certainly get no more of my hard-earned cash. My collection of all things Rush holds pride of place at my home in Rugby, England, but the book, after reading it on vacation - I left it at the poolside swap-shop.
Paul W. Costelloe
I try not to read other reviews before writing one of my own, but I did notice a few when I purchased the book, and recall one reviewer feeling that the storyline should have been more about the concert tour and less about the travel in between. I disagree, and actually felt that there was ample anticdotal attention paid to the rehursals, backstage activities and performances provided. The real story was about traveling from show to show by motorcycle. Mr. Peart has long preferred this mode of transport on Rush concert tours, and along with a riding partner (or occasionally two) he travels the hundreds of miles from city to city, 30, 40, 50 times during an extended tour.
Mr. Peart's narrative is at once a familiar and comfortable style that makes his books very enjoyable. One quickly learns the authors personality - the witty side, the grumpy side, the aprehensive side... and how the travels through moods, thoughts, and ideas as much as he travels through miles of open road. A man who is loath to reveal himself to unfamiliar persons ("strangers" seems a little too strong, for even people with whom he is aquainted have no guarantee of any revelations), has found an outlet in the written word - long his passion as a reader, and now his avocation as a writer. Clearly, Neil Peart has writing talent. I smile as he describes the funny and peculiar, and wince as misfortune befalls him in his travels. I feel I am there, riding third on my invisible motorcycle. I can see the vistas and urban scenes in my mind's eye. For me, this book brings together the very best of Peart's writing. I will admit that I am a Rush fan (in the vernacular, not the literal abbreviation for 'fanatic') and have seen the band several times. However, you quickly stop thinking about Peart the musician and get to know Peart the traveler, the thinker, the husband, the person. Even his descriptions of the events "at work" are done with a sensibility that puts the everyman behind a drum kit for a sold out rock concert, instead of the boastings and narrow views of a "rock star".
I could find but one complaint for "Roadshow: Landscape With Drums"... it ends much too quickly! Literally days after finishing this book, I attended a Rush concert at "the automotive lubrication service company amphitheatre" and being among the first to make our way to the parking lot at the end of the show, I saw a large tour bus passing, with a police escort - and pulling a trailer. I smiled out loud, and felt as though I were watching a friend head out for another day's adventure. Oddly, that feeling was never once experienced while enjoying Mr. Peart's drumming - because the person we come to know through his writings is not the man behind the drum kit at the concerts, but the man in between those concerts.
But as I read all about his travels on his BMW motorcycle, usually with a buddy in tow and always dealing with the perils of following his GPS unit (who hasn't been there?) it was with great interest that I went along for the ride. Neil's humor was one of my favorite parts of the story and I thought it was great that Neil and his buddies joke around in just the same way as I do with mine. Just pure silliness. And it was interesting as I read about his travels in my state which is Tennessee, which was fun also. His book re-ignited my urge to buy my first street bike and to try his favorite beverage, which you will have to read the book if you want to know what it is! I just wanted to thank Neil for sharing with me, his many journeys and for making me laugh. Overall it was a great read and I just bought another book of his on my Kindle. But I found this book to be relaxing as well as entertaining and strangely comforting to read, in a way. I highly recommend this book to RUSH fans, motorcycle enthusiasts, avid readers and drinkers of Neil's favorite beverage! Cheers Mr. Peart!!
He did a fantastic job of giving the reader a candid look at the band, their history, backstage antics and the more indecorous side of the music business. He does an equally impressive job of describing the freedom, beauty, aroma, and adventure of touring our beautiful country on a motorcycle. As a "Beemer" rider myself, I share his love for the open road. I can relate to the sights, sounds and exhilarating thrill each mile brings; I often found myself "riding with him".
Throughout the book you will find many examples of his quest for perfection in his music, practice, and performance. (To those of us who've had the pleasure of attending a Rush concert, that discipline is readily apparent) At times he appears a bit fussy when things do not go according to his plans (but then, don't we all?). He reviews his performances probably more harshly than the most anal music critic, often not giving himself the credit due for such great performances; all while enduring the trials and tribulations of living on the road. The book describes in detail what it's like to tour with the band all that it brings, and at the same time portrays his private struggle of carrying on while overcoming insurmountable loss; pleasing everyone but himself. He describes the delicate balance of work and home life in living color.
I came to admire his methodical, exacting approach toward his music, writing, and riding. In addition to the portrayal of one who is fun-loving and self effacing, you will also find by reading this book that he is an intensely private person with a close circle of steadfast friends, which I'm sure is a luxury at his status.
In summary, Roadshow is a fantastic book for Rush fans and motorcycle travelers, and more so to those of us who are lucky enough to be both.