Once Upon a Red Eye

Once Upon a Red Eye

by Richard Harison, Gordon Lightfoot

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Once Upon a Red Eye is a compelling memoir that offers rare insight into the behind-the-scenes life of a Canadian musical icon. Here are the colourful recountings of Richard Harison, who spent a dozen years serving as Gordon Lightfoot's road/stage manager, concert sound engineer, and lighting designer/director. In the time of his employ with Lightfoot, Harison enjoyed all manner of adventure. He accompanied the famed singer/songwriter and his band on concert tours of the world, celebrity meetings, thrilling performances in halls grand and small, and travel mishaps, including three bomb scares and two consecutive aircraft engine failures.Woven expertly into the background of Harison's stories of music, tours and elaborate pranks, history plays out in iconic bursts. The Vietnam War, an encounter with the Black Panthers, and a UK tour during the serious political/religious upheaval in Ireland all provide context to Lightfoot's international presence in this epic stretch of time.

Between 1970 and 1981, Richard Harison was part of Lightfoot's remarkable story, serving as a source of friendship, personal, and practical support for Lightfoot and basking in his special glow.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163190942
Publisher: FriesenPress
Publication date: 11/22/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 645,340
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Richard Harison was just a young man from California looking for his path when his close association with the Byrds led to a longtime gig with an emerging Canadian musician named Gordon Lightfoot. Harison spent twelve years as an integral member of a crew dedicated to showcasing the talents of this exceptional musician.

Today, Harison lives on a hill overlooking Georgian Bay, in Ontario, Canada, with his wife of 25 years and a headful of memories of those magical times.

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