Far and Wide
Bring That Horizon to Me!
35 concerts. 17,000 motorcycle miles. Three months. One lifetime.
In May 2015, the veteran Canadian rock trio Rush embarked on their 40th anniversary tour, R40. For the band and their fans, R40 was a celebration and, perhaps, a farewell. But for Neil Peart, each tour is more than just a string of concerts, it’s an opportunity to explore backroads near and far on his BMW motorcycle. So if this was to be the last tour and the last great adventure, he decided it would have to be the best one, onstage and off.
This third volume in Peart’s illustrated travel series shares all-new tales that transport the reader across North America and through memories of 50 years of playing drums. From the scenic grandeur of the American West to a peaceful lake in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains to the mean streets of Midtown Los Angeles, each story is shared in an intimate narrative voice that has won the hearts of many readers.
Richly illustrated, thoughtful, and ever-engaging, Far and Wide is an elegant scrapbook of people and places, music and laughter, from a fascinating road — and a remarkable life.
The third book in Rush drummer and author Peart's travel series (after Far and Near) has more for readers who appreciate motorcycles and road trip stories than for fans of the veteran rock band. There are some wonderful looks into the dynamics of the band "We remain three fairly dissimilar characters who have forged a way to work together, year after year, for four decades" but the book primarily consists of Peart's deeply personal reflections, accompanied by many photographs. His focus moves from drumming to rowing, family, and religion; like his motorcycle journeys, his subject matter is truly all over the map. Peart describes himself as having "full-blown hyperthymia," wryly defined as having so much energy to get things done that it annoys others. That trait is evident in the book. One moment, he is cruising the back roads of Utah, and the next, he's backstage during Rush's emotionally charged farewell tour. The art he draws with his young daughter is heartwarming; his refusal to bend for a Rolling Stone photographer is hilarious. Despite frequent and somewhat annoying references to Peart's previous books, Rush fans feeling nostalgic about the end of the band's touring days will likely enjoy the ride.