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