Cigar Box Banjo: Notes on Music and Life. This eclectic, funny, and moving book tracks a life lived in music and words.
Cigar Box Banjo: Notes on Music and Life. by Paul Quarrington and Roddy Doyle. Paul Quarrington ruminates on the bands of his childhood; his restless youth, spent playing bass with the cult band Joe Hall and the Continental Drift; and his incarnation, in middle age, as rhythm guitarist and singer with the band Porkbelly Futures. Ranging through rock ’n’ roll, the blues, folk, country and soul, he explores how songs are made, how they work, and why they affect us so deeply
Cigar Box Banjo book This memoir about Quarrington's love of and life in music turned into a sad and beautiful chronicle of his last days fighting lung cancer.
Cigar Box Banjo book. I had met up with Paul maybe six or seven times in the last ten years, but on each of those occasions Paul made me feel as though we were close pals. This memoir about Quarrington's love of and life in music turned into a sad and beautiful chronicle of his last days fighting lung cancer.
Paul Quarrington is an acclaimed nonfiction writer, novelist, and screenwriter
Paul Quarrington is an acclaimed nonfiction writer, novelist, and screenwriter. His most recent novel, The Ravine, was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Quarrington received the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for his novel King Leary, which was also the victor in ""Canada Reads 2008. He doesn't shy away from exploring in detail his own dark journey toward death, but the path is illuminated with humour, courage, generosity. - Waterloo Region Record.
Award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and musician Paul Quarrington was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer in summer 2009
Award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and musician Paul Quarrington was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer in summer 2009. He performed with his band, recorded two new albums, and completed this eclectic, funny, and moving memoir of a life lived in music and words.
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 band; and his incarnation, in middle age, as rhythm guitarist and singer with the band Porkbelly Futures.
Paul Quarrington, author and musician, embraced both life and the inevitability of death. The backstory of Cigar Box Banjo - the title refers to the hoary tale of a poor kid who wins a music contest with a homemade instrument - may be familiar. In the midst of his busy creative life (among other things, writing a book about how he came to love playing music), Quarrington was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He nudged the book over from music memoir to last-days diary without losing the power of either.
Paul Quarringtons la. .Paul Quarrington's last book as we was diagnosed with lung cancer. Read this if you: (a) like Canada and/or Toronto and/or its suburbs, (b) like music including the blues, gospel, rock, and other forms, or (c) like good writing. Paul's last book is obviously tinged with sadness (how could it not?) and nostalgia, but it is important to note that his humor is as strong as ever here. JohnCouke, October 27, 2012.
Book cover design for Canadian musician Paul Quarrington's autobiography. What are you working on? Dribbble is a community of designers sharing screenshots of their work, process, and projects. is a celebration of those things valued most: music, friends, food, travel, and writing. While etched with sadness, it is nonetheless a joy to read. Cigar Box Banjo is the perfect testament to the man, and to his work. The book Paul Quarrington produced as a last gift to his many fans is in a category of its own, a layered, rambling, deceptively casual mixture of music history, coming-of-age narrative and reflection on mortality. Globe & Mail, Top 100 Books for 2010. The 'Life' sections of the book. explode with Quarrington's personality and include road stories as he travels from one gig to another.
A musician and writer looks death in the face and reminisces about a life in song Paul Quarrington had a favourite recording as a kid: a boy fashions a banjo from a cigar box, sets off for a contest in the next town, and wins with a song that weaves in the sounds he hears along the way. As a grown-up writer and musician, Quarrington still loved the tale. And after he learned he had stage IV lung cancer, the story took on a whole new meaning for him. Eclectic, hilarious, and endearingly frank, Cigar Box Banjo tracks a life lived in music and words.