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Four Strong Winds: Ian and Sylvia

by John Einarson

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Being the long-awaited biography of the folk-singing duo, with considerable enough input from the principals to merit their inclusion as authors. The author has done a fine job and one can complain only around the edges. The co-operation and participation of the subjects has obvious advantages, but it usually, as here, leads to journalistic probing stopping exactly where the Tysons want it to, though a few extremely pregnant nuggets do make it as far as footnotes. Any book about one's favorite musicians almost always has a horrifying moment when the musicians and/or the author disrespects the reader's favorite song. For me, here that came when Sylvia called my favorite song "The only thing we ever did that I'm ashamed of" and the author chimed in with "saccharine". Conversely, the author is a little bit too taken with the duo's uninteresting output individually after their mid-70's breakup. ( )
  Big_Bang_Gorilla | Jan 30, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 077103038X, Hardcover)

An acclaimed music historian brings us the long-awaited story of Ian & Sylvia - marking the first time that the legendary folk duo has endorsed a biography of their groundbreaking career.

Their classic "Four Strong Winds" is widely considered to be one of the great songs of all time. Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell count among their admirers. Their music, including hits like "You Were On My Mind" and "Someday Soon," has been recorded by everyone from Dylan, Joan Baez, and Johnny Cash to Sarah McLachlan and The Tragically Hip. Their influence on music - both in Canada and the United States - has endured over generations and surpassed genres. Yet until now, we have known little of the story behind the folk sensations Ian & Sylvia. In Four Strong Winds, John Einarson takes us back to Ian & Sylvia's early days in Toronto coffeehouses, to their experiences at the heart of the vibrant 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene, and beyond, as their personal and musical partnership continued to change and evolve. Based on Ian and Sylvia Tyson's own personal reflections as well as on the recollections of contemporaries, associates, and admirers, Four Strong Winds is the definitive account of this iconic musical duo and a window on a fascinating period in music history.

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