From his suburban Toronto childhood as the son of Holocaust survivors to international rock and roll success as Rush bassist, vocalist, keyboardist and songwriter, Geddy Lee’s life has been defined by friendship, humor, and his passion for music. In his long-awaited and revealing memoir, MY EFFIN’ LIFE (Harper; November 14, 2023), the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer delves into his extraordinary personal history and takes his fans behind the scenes of 50 years of rock, sweat and tears with his legendary band.
Long before Rush accumulated more consecutive gold and platinum records than any band other than the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, before the seven Grammy nominations or the countless electrifying live performances across the globe, Geddy Lee was Gershon Eliezer Weinrib, after his grandfather murdered in the Holocaust. As he recounts the transformation, Lee looks back on his family, in particular his loving parents and their horrific experiences as teenagers during World War II. He talks candidly about his childhood and the pursuit of music that led him to drop out of high school. He tracks the history of Rush which, after early struggles, exploded into one of the most beloved Canadian bands of all time. He shares intimate stories of his personal life, including his deep friendships with bandmates Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart—deeply mourning Peart’s recent passing—and reveals his obsessions in music and beyond. This rich brew of honesty, humour and loss makes for a uniquely poignant memoir.
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“Writing this book has meant spending so much time living in the past,” Lee reflects. “I’ve never lived my life looking anywhere but forward, which is why I resisted doing this kind of thing for so long. Being in a band all those years was reassuring because it was an ongoing thing. It felt like it was forever. There was always unfinished business: the next record, the next set design, the next tour. It’s been the theme of my life. But you need a lot more determination to proceed in the world of music without the comfort of your bandmates, and I can only hope that finishing this book will release me to return to what I do and love best.”
Geddy Lee is the vocalist, bassist, and keyboard player for the Hall of Fame rock group Rush, with drummer Neil Peart and guitarist Alex Lifeson. As one of the most successful Canadian music group in history, Rush has performed before millions of fans around the world. Ranked by Rolling Stone as among the top bassists of all-time, Rush's energetic frontman has long been acclaimed for his wizard-like musical talent and mesmerizing performances. Geddy lives in Toronto, Canada.
Lee’s first publishing foray, Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass, was a national bestseller. Now, with MY EFFIN’ LIFE, he grants millions of music and memoir lovers a true glimpse into his life—one they will treasure.