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The Life Of A Children's Troubadour


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ISBN 10: 1896943446 / ISBN 13: 9781896943442
Published by Homeland Press, Vancouver, 1998
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Title: The Life Of A Children's Troubadour

Publisher: Homeland Press, Vancouver

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed and Inscribed By Author on Ffep

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The popular Canadian performer recounts his childhood, discusses his father, who was a renowed portrait photographer, and describes the influences and values that have shaped his career

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Multiplatinum Canadian recording artist Raffi, best known for songs like "Baby Beluga" and "The Wheels on the Bus," has been a household name among families with young children since he released his first album, Singable Songs for the Very Young, in 1976. But little is known about Raffi the man, or his evolution into a children's music superstar. Prompted by the death of both his parents within hours of each other in 1995, Raffi Cavoukian has broken his silence, writing with bitterness and affection about his strictly disciplined childhood in Cairo, Egypt, and later, in Toronto, and his slow rise to the top. Most interesting here is Raffi's professional resume, which proves to be a sort of primer for independent musicians. As a floundering folk singer/songwriter, he formed his own record label (Troubadour) before embracing his calling as a children's performer, often considered a less prestigious career choice. He also details (often tediously) his sessions with a roster of top-notch musicians and producers, including Daniel Lanois, who has since found fame in the rock/pop arena. As his star rose, Raffi's marriage disintegrated, though, as he tells it, he eventually found peace and enrichment in children's and environmental causes. In the end, this overwritten, disjointed biography suffers from a single, fundamental flaw: aimed over the heads of his true audience?the kids?it's also packed with too much obsessive detail about Raffi's life and worldview to hold the interest of all but the most steadfast adult devotee. (Dec.) FYI: This memoir is the first book to be published by the artist's own record label.
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