I'm Not What I Seem
The Many Stories of Rita MacNeil's LifeBook - 2016
"Rita MacNeil has long been recognized as one of the East Coast's great singer-songwriters. As a young girl with the dream of becoming a singer, she overcame a series of seemingly insurmountable obstacles and achieved success by believing in herself and refusing to give up. A trailblazer, Rita played an integral role in the women's movement in Canada and forged a path that was unique to her, paving the way for future generations of east coast musicians. Many of Rita's songs celebrate home, family, working class people and the beauty of the Maritimes, but throughout her life Rita also wrote songs demanding change and challenging social norms. Charlie Rhindress first came to know Rita as he collaborated with her on his play Flying on Her Own, incorporating more than twenty of her songs into a script that told the story of her life. For this new biography, Rhindress did extensive research and interviewed many of the people who worked with her and knew her best. The story of a strong, sensitive, complex woman emerged and the result is a powerful and moving portrait of a unique woman and important artist of her times."--page  of jacket.
Publisher: Halifax :, Formac Publishing Company Limited,, 
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: ANF 782.42164 RHI
Characteristics: 332 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm