LIGHTFOOT BOOKS

The following titles are full biographies or books
that contain significant Lightfoot content.

GORDON LIGHTFOOT
by Alfrieda Gabiou
A very nice description of Lightfoot's career up to 1977, quoting many newspaper
and magazine articles to illustrate her points. Contains a wide selection of rare photos.

Published by Gage - 1979
ISBN 7715-94992

HEART OF GOLD
by Martin Melhuish
30 Years of Canadian Pop Music - Contains section devoted to Lightfoot
Published by CBC Enterprises - 1983
ISBN 0-88794-112-5 (bound) ISBN 0-88794-110-9 (paperback)

CHASING THE DRAGON
by Cathy Smith
Autobiography by Lightfoot's former girlfriend - Contains several chapters
on her time with Lightfoot.
Published by Key Porter - 1984
ISBN 0-919493-50-5

LIGHTFOOT: IF YOU COULD READ HIS MIND
by Maynard Collins
Very disappointing effort. Contains numerous factual errors and glosses over Lightfoot's vast
musical accomplishments, instead rehashes many already well documented Lightfoot tales.
The author doesn't seem to grasp the depth of Lightfoot's music and his high place and degree of
influence in the realm of past and present singer-songwriters. The definitive Lightfoot biogaraphy
remains unwritten.
Published by Deneau - 1988
ISBN 0-88879-139-9

MUSIC OF OUR TIMES
by Marco Adria
Eight Canadian singer songwriters - Contains section devoted to Lightfoot
Published by James Lorimer & Co. - 1990
ISBN 1-55028-317-0 (bound)  ISBN 1-55028-315-4 (paperback)

SOME DAY SOON
by Douglas Fetherling
Essays on Canadian songwriters - Contains section devoted to Lightfoot
Published by Quarry Press - 1991
ISBN 1-55082-000-1

PHANTOMS OF THE ORILLIA OPERA 1895-1995
by Donald W. Jenkins
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Orillia Opera House a commemorative
book is done, with a brief forward written by Lightfoot. There are numerous
references to Lightfoot in the book, with one chapter dedicated entirely to his
many benefits played there and to his overall support of the building and to
Orillia itself.
ISBN 0-9699346-0-2

BEFORE THE GOLD RUSH
by Nicholas Jennings
An in depth look at the Toronto music scene of the 60's, focusing on the
Yorkville district and the many talents who had their beginnings there, with
Lightfoot very prominent among that crowd which included the likes of Neil
Young, The Band and Joni Mitchell.  Numerous references and photos of
Lightfoot are included in the book.  An interesting read.
Published by Penguin Books - 1997
ISBN 0-670-87381-0
IN MY OWN KEY
by Liona Boyd
Canadian classical guitarist Liona Boyd devotes a chapter in her
autobiography to her time touring with Lightfoot as his opening act in the
mid-seventies.  A unique insight into that very heady period in Lightfoot's
career.  Boyd displays her deep affection for Lightfoot and an honest
gratitude for the wonderful boost he provided to her career by opening her
up to his more mainstream, non-classical audience during that period.
Lightfoot contributes an endorsement on the back cover.
Published by Stoddart - 1998
ISBN 0-7737-3121-0

GETTING OUT OF HERE ALIVE - THE BALLAD OF MURRAY MCLAUCHLAN
by Murray McLauchlan
This book is surprising on two fronts. First, Lightfoot has long been ackowledged by
McLauchlan as an influence, helping hand and friend, yet this book contains no reference
to those things and gives Lightfoot scant mention. More surprisingly, the scant mention
Lightfoot does receive is in very unflattering terms. A very unbalanced and disappointing
effort from McLauchlan.
Published by Viking - 1998
ISBN 0-670-875659-3


WRITING GORDON LIGHTFOOT
by Dave Bidini
An unauthorized, semi-fictional account of Lightfoot, using the 1972 Mariposa Folk Festival and
  events of that year as a backdrop.
It's difficult to give this author any credence on the subject matter,
in light of his admission of spreading false rumours of Lightfoot plagiarising, then refusing to retract
his comments when proven wrong. And on top of everything else, pasting Gordon's friend
Bob Dylan on the cover, smacks of cheap exploitation. It's more the kind of book
you'd expect from someone like Kitty Kelley.
Published by McClelland & Stewart - 2011
ISBN 978-0-7710-1262-4