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Read Alikes: Musicians

Sadly, Gord Downie's recent passing reminds us all of the brevity of life. Here are a few other notable musicians we have lost in the past two years who have helped shape our music scene.

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Cole, Natalie, 1950-2015.
In this inspirational and candid autobiography, singer Natalie Cole recounts her childhood and rise to success. Natalie reflects on both the good times and bad under the shadow of her father Nat "King" Cole.
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Leibovitz, Liel.
A poet and songwriter, Leonard Cohen's work was often influenced by his Canadian Jewish heritage. Leibovitz provides an intimate look into the life and work of this iconic artist.
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Berry, Chuck.
Berry paints a vivid picture of what it was like growing up in a religious household in 1950s US. Told with humour, he talks about facing racism and other difficulties throughout his musical career.
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Jones, Dylan, 1960- author.
Through the lens of those who knew the man, David Bowie is brought to life using extensive interviews collected from a host of different people familiar with the star.
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Kloke, Joshua, 1983- author.
While not so much a biography about Gord Downie (http://torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/bookbuzz/2017/10/gord-downie-1964-2017.html), this list wouldn't be complete without at least a mention of him and the Tragically Hip. This is the memoir of an enthusiastic and dedicated Tragically Hip fan.
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Garcia, Mayte, 1973-
A biography written by Prince's first wife, portraying the highs and lows of life with Prince.
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Allman, Gregg, 1947-2017.
Chronicling his life and rise to fame with The Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman recounts his life on the road with them.
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Zanes, Warren.
Written by a fellow musician and friend, Zanes shares some of the memories and private thoughts of the reclusive Tom Petty.
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