Hot Press Book Review:The Road Most Traveled

25 02 2013

Here’s a reprint of my review of the Road Most Traveled that ran in Hot Press.

THE ROAD MOST TRAVELED

Chuck Ragan/The Camaraderie Collective

Milner Crest Publishing

 

Compiled by Hot Water Music member and bona fide solo folk punk icon Chuck Ragan, The Road Most Traveled is a collection of war stories courtesy of a battalion of contributors whose weapon of choice is music. Featuring cautionary, occasionally humourous tales from the likes of Brian Fallon from the Gaslight Anthem, Jim Wood from At the Drive-In, Dennis Casey from Flogging Molly, Frank Turner and many more, the book is part survival guide for the touring life, part heartfelt love letter to the road and it’s all fueled by shed-loads of blood, sweat, tears and beers. Eschewing the salacious in favour of a more measured, almost philosophical style of writing, the Camaraderie Collective’s reflections are a must read for both fans of D.I.Y. culture and punk, folk and rock music and provides a good insight on what being on the road is really like.

EDWIN McFEE 

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