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My Effin' Life

By: Geddy Lee
Narrated by: Geddy Lee,Alex Lifeson,Cliff Burnstein
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Summary

The long-awaited memoir from the iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Rush bassist, and bestselling author of Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass.

Includes two new songs by Geddy Lee, available exclusively in the My Effin’ Life audiobook.

Geddy Lee is one of rock and roll's most respected bassists. For nearly five decades, his playing and work as co-writer, vocalist and keyboardist has been an essential part of the success story of Canadian progressive rock trio Rush. Here for the first time is his account of life inside and outside the band.

Long before Rush accumulated more consecutive gold and platinum records than any rock band after the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, before the seven Grammy nominations or the countless electrifying live performances across the globe, Geddy Lee was Gershon Eliezer Weinrib, after his grandfather murdered in the Holocaust.

As he recounts the transformation, Lee looks back on his family, in particular his loving parents and their horrific experiences as teenagers during World War II.

He talks candidly about his childhood and the pursuit of music that led him to drop out of high school.

He tracks the history of Rush which, after early struggles, exploded into one of the most beloved bands of all time.

He shares intimate stories of his lifelong friendships with bandmates Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart—deeply mourning Peart’s recent passing—and reveals his obsessions in music and beyond.

This rich brew of honesty, humor, and loss makes for a uniquely poignant memoir.

©2023 Geddy Lee (P)2023 HarperCollins Publishers

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At last!

So good to hear Geddys voice! The chapter on his parents experiences during the war were a wonderful insight into that horrific time in history. Great listen!!

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I was a 70s Rush fan

A very entertaining insight into the world of Rush. A fairly secretive band. I never knew how little I knew about them until this book. You will want to buy, or listen, to those later albums if you haven't already. A fitting tribute to a great band. A fantastic listen with some unexpected deviations into family history.

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closer to the heart

a look back in time over the many decades one of the best rock bands ever.

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it's a fabulous meander through the life of a true legend. a joyous and yet emotional rollercoaster of a book. being in Scotland, you often wonder how other cultures view you and the world. how important or not you are as a fan. I think I get Ged's viewpoint. a farewell to Kings changed my life in an instant and I wish Geddy really knew the impact rush had on my life.
this is wonderful

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Loved listening to Geddy’s voice every day.

Loved it all. What a lovely man and great storyteller. I finished it at exactly 21.12. Awesome!

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Great auto biography that consistently held my interest

I enjoyed this book so much, I was sad when it ended! In addition to the background and detail which would likely be of interest to most Rush fans, I found the stories about his parents’ experiences and Geddy’s childhood particularly compelling to hear and learn about. I recommend his book highly! The fact that Geddy also narrated it himself as well as the inclusion of new music tracks at the end were added bonuses!

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A beautiful story, beautifully read.

It’s only Rock n’ Roll. No
It’s not. I’m a huge music fan. My life has revolved around music. Am I a Rush fan? I wasn’t, even at 53! I play bass, not like Mr effin Lee plays bass but I play. I bought his book Geddy Lee’s big beautiful book of bass and being a bit of nerd myself got into Geddy Lee. I listen to Rush now and I sort of understand it. I’m giving up bass now. What’s the point 🤣 I get the music though. This book is honest, he beats himself up a little, he’s human. Normal…. almost. However it’s all about the music and the chase for the song and the sound. For a Rush fan, well they may know all the stories, I think. For a non Rush fan but a music fan it’s Effin brilliant. I cried in places, very heartfelt. I’d like to have Mr. Lee to dinner, what a guest he’d be. He could bring the wine though ha ha ha. Beautiful. X

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Such a moving story of a man's life.

Just awesome. Other words fail me. Just totally awesome .
I now have a very different perspective on the career of a band I'd always admired and enjoyed their work,but to hear the highs and the lows gives their music so much more for me now.
Saying that,even if you'd never heard of Rush,this story is still quite amazing.

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A must for all Rush fans!

A fascinating book about the man, his family, career and everything in between. Great to hear Alex on here too.

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A must read for all. Rush fan or not.

As a life long Rush fan, Geddy Lee fan, and bass player I read the book on day one of its release. I saw Geddy at one of the book events in London and hearing him talk about snd read passages of the book made me want to listen to this audio book. The context totally changes when you hear the author read and describe. You hear the emotion behind what is being read. Geddy doesn’t hold back with the details around his parents story, which is the seed to his story and that of Rush.

I could go on, but I’ll just say give this book a listen. Then go crank up the speakers and blast out some Rush.

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