The Long Trail

The Long Trail

My Life in the West

Book - 2010
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A Canadian icon on his longstanding love of the West and his life in "one of the last true cowboy countries on either side of the border."

"I live on a ranch about six miles east of the town of Longview and the old Cowboy Trail in the foothills of the Rockies. On a perfect day, like today, I can't imagine being anywhere else in the world. Of course, I'm not going to say there aren't those other days when you think, 'What am I doing here?' It's beautiful country and it can be brutally tough as well." --Ian Tyson

Ian Tyson's journey to the West began in the unlikely city of Victoria, BC, where he rode his dad's horses on the weekends and met cowboys in the pages of Will James's books, and eventually followed that cowboy dream to rodeo competition. Laid up after breaking a leg, he learned the guitar, and drifted east, becoming a key songwriter and performer in the folk revival movement. But the West always beckoned, and when his marriage to his partner and collaborator Sylvia broke up and the music scene threatened to grind him down, he retreated to a ranch and work with cutting horses. Soon, he'd bought a ranch in Alberta and found a new voice as the renowned Western Revival singer-songwriter and horseman he is today. This book is Ian's reflection on that journey...
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2010
ISBN: 9780307359353
Branch Call Number: 782.421642092 TYS 2010
Characteristics: 197 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Klaszus, Jeremy

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Merrymaid46
Jul 28, 2011

Easy read. Went very quickly. Very superficial content, but honestly approached.

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Sundowner
Jan 30, 2011

I was a Tyson fan until he glorified Claude Dallas on his All The Good'uns CD. I read the book to see what he had to say about that and was gratified when he admitted, almost, the song went over the line.

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