• Traveling Music

  • The Soundtrack to My Life and Times
  • By: Neil Peart
  • Narrated by: Brian Sutherland
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (443 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The music of Frank Sinatra, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, and many other artists provides the score to the reflections of a musician on the road in this memoir of Neil Peart's travels from Los Angeles to Big Bend National Park. The emotional associations and stories behind each album Peart plays guide his recollections of his childhood on Lake Ontario, the first bands that he performed with, and his travels with the band Rush. The evocative and resonant writing vividly captures the meanderings of a musical mind, leading rock enthusiasts to discover inside information about Rush and the musical inspirations of a rock legend.

©2004 Neil Peart (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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If your a music lover you'll dig this one

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It was so enjoyable listening to Neil's engaging commentary of his traveling via BMW (car & moto) and the music that shaped his life. He introduces one to a wide variety of musical styles, from Sinatra to Madonna told from a thoughtful and personal perspective. Not only do you learn about the music that influenced him to become the accomplished drummer that he is for Rush, but are also treated to a historical and biographical commentary of the albums and musicians of this "traveling music". I found myself hunting down music that I wouldn't normally have sought and discovered some real gems.
As usual, Brian Sutherland does a fantastic job of delivering the nuances of the charm, whit and sense of Mr. Peart's writing.
I can see myself putting this one on again and again in the years to come.

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Rich and robust!

Traveling music exceeded my expectations and Neil Peart far exceeds my expectations as a person. Wonderful and hungry for more.

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On the road with Neil.

Thanks for the amazing journey into your past. I hope there is more to come from the Masked, Ghost traveler.

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What an incredible man

What a book! So rich with detail and life. What a journey Neil takes on. Through concert halls to the darkest parts of Africa. Recalling the scenery, people, cultures, food and travel with such care and thoughtfulness. Such an interesting journey , but such a layered and complexed man.

I'm in my 40s and have been a Rush fan since I was a kid,, so that does help with this book, but someone new to Rush and the Professor would still enjoy the book. I too play drums and I'm a player I'm a 3 piece rock band... This is all part of the enjoyment of this book.

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Excellent if you can get past Narrator!

Neil Peart has always been a mystery, but this unravels much of the mystery. The Narrator is AWFUL! Would love to have had Neil read his story. America lost one of the best. Rest in Peace. Am thankful I saw you play!

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'Bout time you let us in a bit further!

Where does Traveling Music rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Numero uno!!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Traveling Music?

The whole book.

Which character – as performed by Brian Sutherland – was your favorite?

Niel Peart. UHMM...Isn't it an autobio?

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Extreme? No, Just a kind of awe & reverence like any of his writing.Okay , I suppose that's extreme.

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I really am impressed and surprised that he let go of so much personal info. It's common knowledge among fans that he wears very little on his sleeve much less speak of his personal life so candidly. I'm a life long Rush fan from the very 1st album (With Rutsey) I became a hyper-fan after that obviously from the addition of Niel. I'm a musician and writer so I've soaked up every word he's ever let loose of and every note they've ever played, or as many as humanly possible. I have a theory they can't possibly be human. Humans aren't perfect if you catch what I'm tossing. Musically at least. I don't mean overall.

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Simply a collection of thoughts

This is simply a collection of thoughts connected to places and times in the life of Neil Peart. Narration is good. There are sparse moments of enlightenment interspersed in long interludes of less than exciting events and thoughts. You might find it interesting if you are very interested in the trivial aspects of Neil's life.

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superb!

my favorite of Neil's! gives lots of insight into many aspects of his life and personal history

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A Mellow Look at Neil’s Heart

So cool that this book was included in subscription. I thought it was a really nice portrayal of a celebration Ty who never sought the “Limelight.” Smart, hard-working, honest - those who knew him well were incredibly fortunate. Rest In Peace…

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Really great listen!

First off, a disclaimer: Huge Rush fan, and huge Peart fan. That being said, I don’t mindlessly love every Rush song/album, and if Neil wrote something that didn’t resonate, I’d say so.

With that out of the way, this is a really good read/listen. I have the hardback, started it, but life got in the way. I was driving a ridiculous amount, and thought why not just listen to it? The narrator actually channels a little Peart, and has read other titles by him, which is nice, and that familiarity is...comforting? Comfortable? It works, and the stories Peart tells as he heads out in his car to drive and listen to music are really interesting, and as a Rush fan, fun to hear. His take on music, music genres, bands and individual songs or performances from the perspective of a young fan are illuminating. We see where and who he was influenced by. Stories of his life pre-Rush, and the story from his view in joining Rush...it’s a must-experience in my opinion.

Though The Professor may have left us (far and away too soon), we are all VERY fortunate that he loved to write, and left behind his story to get to know him better. I think that where he is now, he realizes that while he couldn’t pretend a stranger was a long-awaited friend, he has more friends than he ever realized.

Good read, definitely check it out if you’re a fan of music in general, road trips, or Rush. 👍🏼

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  • D. Bateman
  • 02-04-20

Wonderful

A fantastic insight into a man whose work I enjoyed since I first discovered it in the mid 80s. Flows beautifully and unlike some books, this was never a drawn out chore to listen to. My only regret is I didn’t listen to it sooner. RIP Neil, the world is slightly less interesting now you’ve gone.

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  • Jon
  • 06-28-20

Brilliant insight

A wonderful continuation of a personal sharing of an absolutely interesting and real human. Thanks Neil.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-12-20

Awful. Shame

Keeps fading in and out every minute. Incomprehensible. Utter jumble. Love Neil Peart but this is a mess on his legacy

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  • Tiny
  • 03-13-20

Neils musical tastes revealed

Another spectacular read by a truly gifted writer. A sizeable listen at 14 hours whose end came all too soon as did his passing.
i miss him even more after getting to know via his eloquent books