ECW Press is proud to announce the forthcoming publication of THE NEVER-ENDING PRESENT: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip by Michael Barclay, which will be released in April 2018.
In the first print biography of the Tragically Hip, acclaimed music journalist Michael Barclay talks to dozens of the band’s peers and friends about not just the Hip’s music but the American albatross, the band’s role in Canadian culture, and Gord Downie’s role in reconciliation with Indigenous people.
ECW Executive Editor Michael Holmes, who acquired the title, says, “I can’t imagine a better way to continue ECW’s almost two-decade long relationship with Michael Barclay. As one of Canada’s most informed, successful and respected music journalists, he’s the right person to tackle the complex and fascinating story of the Tragically Hip. His keen understanding of the last four decades of our cultural and political landscape, as well as our musical history and heritage, mean his new book is destined to become essential reading for anyone who believes the band and its music has been a part of the soundtrack of their lives.”
Title: The Never-Ending Present
Subtitle: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip
Author: Michael Barclay
Specifications: 6 x 9", 380pp, cloth, 16-page colour photo section
Price: $34.95 CDN, $27.95 U.S.
Publication date: April 3, 2018
Michael Barclay has worked for Maclean’s, CBC Radio’s Brave New Waves, and Exclaim!. He co-authored Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985–95, which told the stories of the Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, k.d. lang, and dozens more. He lives in Toronto.