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Rush’s Neil Peart Announces New Book

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Rush drummer Neil Peart is scheduled to return to bookstore shelves on Oct. 14 with the publication of his new book, ‘Far and Near: On Days Like These.’

Peart published his first effort, a collection of essays about his motorcycle travels through Cameroon titled ‘The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa,’ in 1996. Two years later, he followed it with the acclaimed ‘Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road,’ a look back at his efforts to cope with the deaths of his wife and daughter. The musical memoir ‘Traveling Music: Playing Back the Soundtrack to My Life and Times’ arrived in 2004, followed by ‘Roadshow: Landscape With Drums, A Concert Tour by Motorcycle’ in 2006 and the travelogue ‘Far and Away: A Prize Every Time’ in 2011.

Pitching it as a sequel of sorts to ‘Far and Away,’ Peart’s publisher says the new volume “brings together reflections from another three years of an artist’s life as he celebrates seasons, landscapes and characters, travels roads and trails, receives honors, climbs mountains, composes and performs music. With passionate insight, wry humor and an adventurous spirit, once again Peart offers a collection of open letters that take readers on the road, behind the scenes and into the inner workings of an ever-inquisitive mind. These popular stories, originally posted on Peart’s website, are now collected and contextualized with a new introduction and conclusion in this beautifully designed collector’s volume.”

‘Far and Near: On Days Like These’ is currently available for pre-order; meanwhile, Peart continues to chronicle his travels at his official site.

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