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My Effin' Life

By: Geddy Lee
Narrated by: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Cliff Burnstein
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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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Great book

A must for any rush fan. A very detailed account of Geddy’s life before the band, in the band and after. Geddy obviously went to a lot of effort to get his family story on paper. Those stories are historical accounts of the things Geddy’s parents survived in WW2 and are a snippet into the nazi regime.

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Compulsive listening

What a great, insightful, well written and interesting book. Loved listening to Geddy telling me his story. My musical hero in action. Hope you come to Australia one day.

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Amazing read!

I couldn’t put it down, I have to agree with everything Grant said in the next review haha, also a huge rush fan from Australia and wish they toured the country oh well. Very inspiring read, well done Geddy

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The evolution of a family

Wonderfully written with at-times heartbreakingly visceral reading. I am so pleased Ged narrated his own work & Alex’s cameos were a bonus. Re-listening from the start immediately - can’t recommend highly enough

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Remarkable

Listening to Geddy tell his story is at one moment hilarious, the next, heartbreaking. I’ve been a frustrated Rush fan for over 30 years. Frustrated because they never toured Australia. Geddy’s words are beautifully written & spoken by him with perfect timing and emotion. Do yourself a favour & have a listen.

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Well thought through the years

Liked down to earth very relatable to me showed true emotion and confronting issues . Well captured.

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