Geddy Lee Reveals New Memoir
When Rush called it a day in 2018, bass legend Geddy Lee took up collecting basses and eventually wrote Geddy Lee’s Big, Beautiful Book of Bass. With even more time on his hands during the pandemic, he took to writing a memoir. Lee revealed on Instagram that his next book will be launching in 2022.
The period marked his longest time at home in Toronto since he was 19 years old, he explained. He spent the time teaching his son baseball, watching mystery shows with his wife, and caring for his dogs. It was also a time that he was coping with the death of drummer Neil Peart, who passed in January of 2020.
“My friend and collaborator on the ‘Big Beautiful Book of Bass’, Daniel Richler, saw how I was struggling in the aftermath of Neil’s passing, and tried coaxing me out of my blues with some funny tales from his youth, daring me to share my own in return,” Lee wrote. “So I did — reluctantly at first, but then remembering, oh yeah, I like wrestling with words. It’s a less physical version of arguing with musical notes, without a Ricky doubleneck breaking my back! And soon my baby-step stories were becoming grownup chapters. Being the nuclear obsessive that I am, I’d write and re-write them, reassessing perspectives in the narrative not just by scouring my memory banks but my diaries and piles of photo albums too. I was piecing together a mystery of a different kind.”
Lee says his writings are an “epic-length” account of his life covering his childhood, family, travels, and more. The memoir, which is still untitled, is scheduled to be published by HarperCollins in Fall of 2022.