Since I just bought myself a new set of drums and have been reconnecting with some of the great bands that I grew up covering in my early bar band years I have been listening to and reading a lot about Rush since Neil Peart was one of my main drumming influences growing up (along with Stewart Copeland, Keith Moon, Ian Paice and a guy named Paul DeLong who used to drum for Kim Mitchell). Now I know Rush is one of those polarizing bands that you either love or loath but to me they were and still are a great band who have influenced a wide assortment of groups from all over the musical map. Bands like The Tragically Hip, Sloan, the Rheostatics, Dream Theater, Primus and the Barenaked Ladies have all been influenced and encouraged by listening to Rush and certainly Neil Peart has been the fave of countless rock and roll drummers since the band burst on the scene in the mid-seventies. Besides being a drummer and writer, Neil Peart is also quite an enthusiast of fine literature and at the end of 2004 he was quoted in the Canadian newspaper the Globe and Mail as to what books he enjoyed over the course of the year and this is what he had to say:
“Among many favourites this year, from John Barth’s The Book of Ten Nights and a Night : Eleven Stories to Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything , I would have to choose The Big Year : A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik, a non-fiction tale of epic sweep and depth about a competition among, of all people, birdwatchers….A few others I can’t resist recommending: Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography by Chester Brown, French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France by Tim Moore, The Inner Circle by T. C. Boyle and Middlemarch (Penguin Classics) by George Eliot.” – Neil Peart, Toronto Globe and Mail, Dec. 24, 2004
This came courtesy of Power Windows, the premiere Rush fan site. I believe I will hit the local library and get reading.