Cigar Box Banjo

Cigar Box Banjo

Notes on Music and Life

Book - 2010
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In Paul Quarrington's favorite childhood recording, a boy fashions a banjo from a cigar box, pluckily sets off for a contest in the next town, and wins with a song that weaves in the sounds he hears along the way: a bluebird trilling, truck tires whining. Years later, a writer and musician himself, Quarrington is suddenly diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and begins to ponder the path his own life has taken and the music it's made along the way. Quarrington ruminates on the bands of his childhood; his restless youth, spent playing bass with a cult b∧ and his incarnation, in middle age, as rhythm guitarist and singer with the band Porkbelly Futures. From rock'n'roll to country and soul, he explores how songs are made, how they work, and why they affect us so deeply.
Publisher: Vancouver : Greystone Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9781553654384
1553654382
Characteristics: xi, 243 p. ;,23 cm. +,1 CD (12 cm.)

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nparkhill
Sep 07, 2012

Terrific read. Amazing life, both as a writer and musician. Quite moving as he nears the end of his life, but what a life!

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worndo
Jul 08, 2010

Most readable!! Filled with anecdotes and lessons from the music industry. I think it captivated me because Paul Quarrington represents my generation. I enjoyed the format with the asides and footnotes leading away from the narrative. Written with class and humour while he faced his demise head on.

Brian Bosnell

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