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My Effin’ Life Review

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by Geddy Lee

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“My Effin’ Life” by Geddy Lee, the renowned bassist and vocalist for the progressive rock band Rush, is a riveting and deeply personal memoir. Published on November 14, 2023, by Harper/HarperCollins, this 512-page book offers an intimate glimpse into the life of one of rock and roll’s most respected figures

The memoir is an engrossing tale that traces Lee’s journey from being a “classic underachiever” to a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame vocalist, bassist, and keyboard player. It’s a captivating read for anyone interested in Rush or the broader music scene from the 1970s onwards. Lee’s narrative style mirrors the depth and thoughtfulness of his band’s music, offering a blend of humor, insight, and candid reflection​​​.

Born Gershon Eliezer Weinrib to Holocaust survivor parents in Toronto, Lee’s backstory is marked by significant historical and personal influences. Chapter 3 of the memoir, which Lee humorously suggests can be skipped (but insists must not be), is a meticulous examination of his parents’ harrowing experiences during World War II. This backstory echoes throughout Lee’s life and artistry, shaping his perspective and creative expression​​​.

The book also delves into the history of Rush, detailing its early struggles and eventual rise to become one of the most beloved bands of all time. Lee shares intimate stories of his lifelong friendships with bandmates Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, touching on the deep loss he felt following Peart’s passing. He also discusses his personal obsessions in music and beyond, adding layers to the narrative​​​.

Lee’s memoir is not just a recounting of his musical career; it’s a rich tapestry of honesty, humor, and loss, making for a uniquely poignant read. The memoir is described as emotionally resonant, tracing back to Lee’s family history in WWII and his transformation into a celebrated musician​​​.

Geddy Lee’s reputation as one of rock and roll’s most respected bassists is well-established, with nearly five decades of contribution to Rush’s success. The book provides the first account of his life both inside and outside the band, offering a unique perspective on his journey from a shy, long-haired, brooding character in Toronto to a globally recognized musician​​​.

“As someone who has spent his life telling made-up stories that are obliged to sound somewhat plausible, I am deeply envious of Geddy Lee. And it’s not only the improbable, absurd, wondrous and at times heartbreaking true story that life has gifted him that envy, but also the warmth, care, artfulness, hard-earned wisdom and—always—the gently skewed humor with which he tells it. He’s one of my musical heroes, for reasons that are there on record, but with this book everyone can see why for so long he has also been one of my heroes as a man.”—Michael Chabon

In summary, “My Effin’ Life” by Geddy Lee is a must-read for fans of Rush and rock and roll history. It’s a memoir that stands out for its depth, humor, and the unique perspective of one of the genre’s most iconic figures.

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