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80 years of Q&Q: five musicians (and a few dabblers) with split identities

Neil Young

Neil Young

Neil Young
For those who are really into vintage cars, model trains, and digital-music formats, there are Young’s two 450-plus-page memoirs, Waging Heavy Peace and Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life and Cars (Blue Rider/Penguin). Up next: a sci-fi novel.

Bonus track: One-hit wonders
Folk warbler Sylvia Tyson simultaneously released her debut novel, 2011’s Joyner’s Dream (HarperCollins Canada), and a companion album of the same name • Hawksley Workman made a splash in 2002 with Hawksley Burns for Isadora (ECW Press), a collection of love letters to a mermaid. • Given that the Tragically Hip has earned its place as the country’s quintessential stadium band, it shouldn’t be a surprise that lead man Gord Downie’s 2001 poetry collection, Coke Bottle­ Glow (Vintage Canada), is peppered with Canadiana references like hockey and Tim Hortons.

These stories appeared in Q&Q’s 80th anniversary feature in the April 2015 print issue.