Four Strong Winds

Four Strong Winds

Ian & Sylvia

Book - 2011
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Definitive and endorsed biography of the duo based on personal refelections and recollections by contemporaries.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2011.
ISBN: 9780771030383
Branch Call Number: 920 Einarson 11/2011
Characteristics: 330 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Tyson, Sylvia 1940-
Tyson, Ian 1933-
Alternative Title: Ian & Sylvia


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Jun 10, 2012

I Really enjoyed this book. I hadn't realized how influential Ian & Sylvia really were in their early years; having a big influence on the early Bob Dylan for example. Very exciting and creative times starting out in New York City amongst so many others who were later to make names for themselves.

Cdnbookworm Nov 04, 2011

This is the first authorized history of the singing and songwriting duo and Einarson has accomplished it well. He is careful to give both sides their opportunities to give their take on different moments in history and has interviewed a number of others whose lives touched theirs to show circumstance and how their careers were seen by others. This book concentrates on the musical history of the pair, particularly of the duo together and how their subsequent musical careers touched each others. It does not go deeply into their personal lives, but does include mention of other relationships during their time together.
It is a nice juxtoposition to a previous memoir I read by Ian Tyson, The Long Trail, which gave his take on his life and where he ended up. This book relies on many interviews and other research and is much more factually based as opposed to the personal narrative of Tyson's memoir

debwalker Sep 10, 2011

"Sylvia's cool eye and Ian's unfiltered irascibility are part of what make Four Strong Winds such a good read."
Li Robbins
Globe and Mail


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