Four Strong Winds: Ian and Sylvia by John EinarsonAn 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 & Sylvias 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 Tysons 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.
Four Strong Winds: Ian and Sylvia
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This 8 part series starts tonight on CMT canada. Part 4 features Lightfoot in the episode entitled "four strong winds" after the Ian Tyson song it airs on Jan. It should be a great look at Canadian music. Char [This message has been edited by charlene edited January 04, Thanks Char! I accidentally caught a clip from an interview with Gord a few nights ago I don't usually watch CMT and now this -- might have to change my viewing habits.
Ian Tyson book - jealous of Lightfoot. Nope, Tyson says, he simply did it for the money. Yes, "The Long Trail" is a raw, stark and at times even unflattering, but consistently honest portrayal of the Victoria native. Tyson writes about his infidelity, his sometimes-questionable parenting and the two bitter divorces he's endured. Also fair game: his drug arrest, his occasional bar brawls and his erstwhile distaste for other Canadian music icons. I've said , 'I don't know who the hell's going to want to read this thing. Their melancholic hit "Four Strong Winds" remains a mainstay on lists of the best Canadian songs ever recorded.