Book details

Publication date: May 2015
Features: 25 B&W photographs, bibliography, notes, appendix, index
Keywords: Biography;Music History
Subject(s): BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Music, Biography;Music History, Biography, Music
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Trevor W. Harrison. Trevor W. Harrison is Chair of the Sociology Department, University of Lethbridge. His areas of specialization include Canadian society, political economy, and public policy.

"Persons interested in Canadian music will find this book on the life of Frank Gay well worth reading."

Alberta History


"A truly impressive body of research by Trevor W. Harrison...has resulted in an exceptionally well informed and informative biography of Frank Gay.... An extraordinary and enthusiastically recommended addition to community and academic library Canadian Biography and Canadian Music History reference collections..."

Paul T. Vogel, MBR Bookwatch


Trevor Harrison weaves multiple accounts of Frank Gay's life as a luthier, musician, and local character, together with his own personal memories.... Through Harrison's exploration of Gay's life, Prairie Bohemian also illuminated the social and musical history of the prairie towns and cities that Gay called home.... While documenting Gay's history, Prairie Bohemian also provides an account of the built and social history of Edmonton in the early to mid-twentieth century.... Harrison's account of Gay's life, awash with personal, emotional, and creative struggles, reminds us that speculation and subjective exploration of a life can be as valuable as the fact-finding mission that began it all." [DOI: 10.1353/gpq.2017.0024]

Justina Watt, Great Plains Quarterly


INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards / Foreword Reviews, United States
Short-listed
2016
Preface ix
Acknowledgements xv
1 | Beginnings 1
2 | Army Tunes 17
3 | Postwar Toronto 25
4 | Edmonton the New 31
5 | The Shop 35
6 | Guitar Maker to the Stars 45
7 | World-Class Concerts 55
8 | The Dark Side 65
9 | Musical Flights and Nothing More 71
10 | Giving Back 77
11 | House Parties and Mr. Montoya 81
12 | Marriage Redux 91
13 | Wood Songs from the South Side 99
14 | Frank Gay’s Travelling Music Show 107
15 | Jack Paget’s Tape 115
16 | Searching for a Miracle 123
17 | The Final Years 127
18 | Frank Agonistes 137
19 | Final Days 143
20 | The Funeral 149
21 | Legacy 157
22 | “The Repressed Unmakeable” 173
23 | Coda 181
Notes 185
Bibliography 209
Index 217
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