Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie

The Authorized Biography

Book - 2018
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"A powerful, intimate look at the life and music of a beloved folk icon and activist. Folk hero. Songwriter icon. Living legend. Buffy Sainte-Marie is all of these things and more. In this, Sainte-Marie's first and only authorized biography, music critic Andrea Warner draws from more than sixty hours of exclusive interviews to offer a powerful, intimate look at the life of the beloved artist and everything that she has accomplished in her seventy-seven years (and counting). Since her groundbreaking debut, 1964's It's My Way!, the Cree singer-songwriter has been a trailblazer and a tireless advocate for Indigenous rights and freedoms, an innovative artist, and a disruptor of the status quo. Establishing herself among the ranks of folk greats such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, she has released more than twenty albums, survived being blacklisted by two U.S. presidents, and received countless accolades, including the only Academy Award ever to be won by a First Nations artist. But this biography does more than celebrate Sainte-Marie's unparalleled talent as a songwriter and entertainer; packed with insight and knowledge, it offers an unflinchingly honest, heartbreakingly real portrait of the woman herself, including the challenges she experienced on the periphery of showbiz, her healing from the trauma of childhood and intimate partner violence, her commitment to activism, and her leadership in the protest movement."--
Publisher: Vancouver ;, Berkeley :, Greystone Books,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781771643580
1771643587
Branch Call Number: 782.42164 S157W
Characteristics: 298 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Mitchell, Joni

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NadiaHathor
Oct 02, 2019

This Biography is provocative, informative, revealing and a homage to a Woman and Musician who has not been given the acclaim which she so amply deserves! An Artist who was one of the first to use electronic synthesizers in 1969 and transmitted her entire 1992 album via modem from Hawaii to London, England, and yet did not receive the exaltation and praise these innovative techniques and astounding thinking and experimentation deserved. Andrea has contributed a work of extraordinary value by bringing the veracity of Buffy Sainte-Marie to the World and I am very Grateful for her inclusive, detailed and heart-centered portrayal of a unique legend. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in the story of resistance by an Indigenous Woman from a position of Love and Creativity. And how one Woman, one Artist, can create ripples of change whether through her Music and or non-profit work, like the Cradleboard Teaching Project she founded in 1996. In Buffy's words, "Stay Calm and Decolonize", will not only be my mantra during these present confounding times, but I'll also continue to be Inspired and energized by this Bio!

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NadiaHathor
Oct 02, 2019

This Biography is provocative, informative, revealing and a homage to a Woman and Musician who has not been given the acclaim which she so amply deserves! An Artist who was one of the first to use electronic synthesizers in 1969 and transmitted her entire 1992 album via modem from Hawaii to London, England, and yet did not receive the exaltation and praise these innovative techniques and astounding thinking and experimentation deserved. Andrea has contributed a work of extraordinary value by bringing the veracity of Buffy Sainte-Marie to the World and I am very Grateful for her inclusive, detailed and heart-centred portrayal of a unique legend. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in the story of resistance by an Indigenous Woman from a position of Love and Creativity. And how one Woman, one Artist, can create ripples of change whether through her Music and or non-profit work, like the Cradleboard Teaching Project she founded in 1996. In Buffy's words, "Stay Calm and Decolonize", will not only be my mantra during these present confounding times, but I'll also continue to be Inspired and energized by this Bio!

liljables Jun 10, 2019

I’m going to be honest and start by saying I knew next-to-nothing about Buffy Sainte-Marie before reading her biography, so I guess it’s kind of odd that I picked up this book in the first place. But, I had motivation: I had heard the author, Andrea Warner, interviewed on one of my favourite podcasts, Secret Feminist Agenda, and it was clear that she had fallen deeply in love with Buffy during the process of writing the book. Her obvious admiration and respect for Sainte-Marie convinced me that this was a biography worth reading, and I wasn’t disappointed!

I was completely blown away by the trajectory of Sainte-Marie's five-decades-and-counting career as a musician and activist. As someone who claims to know something about music from the '60s and '70s, I'm ashamed to admit that I really had no idea what sort of impact Buffy had on the landscape of folk, rock, and pop. She penned songs that would become standards recorded by many more famous acts, often with little or no credit (in fact, many of her songs are mis-credited to - you guessed it - white dudes!). Buffy was and is also working tirelessly as an advocate for Indigenous people, labouring to decolonize the music and film industries before the term "decolonization" was widely known.

Now 78 years old, Buffy Sainte-Marie is still making groundbreaking music and involving young Indigenous musicians in every project. Do yourself a favour and pick up this book, but don't speed through it: when the author mentions a song, put the book down and google it! Listening to Buffy's music as I read really enhanced my reading experience.

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pattyskypants
Jan 30, 2019

This is a very well done biography. Buffy has always presented her thoughts and feelings in her music and lyrics, so it isn't as if we knew little about her. She is not demure when telling her tales and she touches on some big truths about women's lives and the racism indigenous people deal with every day.

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NadiaHathor
Oct 02, 2019

"Sainte-Marie was singing about environmental justice long before most musicians. Indigenous people have been at the forefront of environmental protest - and have suffered from environmental racism for hundreds of years... But the truth is, Indigenous people were (and are) doing the day-to-day hard work, the actual blood, sweat, and, tears on the ground, the grassroots resistance work, and with little or no recognition... Sainte-Marie's next comeback album, 2008's 'Running for the Drum,' centered Indigeneity in environmental justice and skewed heavily towards protest, activism, and decolonization anthems. She wrote the songs at a time when "people started to really notice climate change and corporate greed and the destruction of the earth that benefited only a few short-sighted people." Show business is not just about money and competition, she says, or besting people you knew in high school, and she rejects the "me, me, me" thinking that's so prevalent in sports, music, and business."

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