Traveling Music Book Summary and Study Guide

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Neil Peart's third book is part travelogue, part memoir, and part commentary. As the title implies, the author (drummer and lyricist for the group Rush) employs his love and study of music to chart his life, citing influences from the early days of rock and roll to bands like Linkin Park, and recount how the music shaped it and his eventual career as a successful musician.
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The book flips back and forth between the present time (where Ghost Rider left off, with a new marriage and Rush's reemergence in the music scene with an album and tour) and various points in Peart's life. He talks about his youth in Canada, learning to play his first set of drums, early involvement as a professional musician (pre-Rush), and recent events that coaxed this very private person back into the spotlight. With each anecdote comes the influence of music in his life, whether it is his own or another artist's.
The review of this Book prepared by Kathryn Lively

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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   musician Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   musician Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   Canadian


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful    -   like laughing How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   26-50% of book

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