Kate and Anna McGarrigle Songs and Stories

Kate and Anna McGarrigle Songs and Stories

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Kate and Anna McGarrigle
Songs and Stories

Dane Lanken
Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Songs & Stories

9 X 11 inches, 216 pages (two volumes)

Archives of Canadian Arts, Culture, and Heritage

"THE ANARCHICALLY GENTEEL living-room musicality of these sisters has to be one of Canada's greatest contributions to world culture." So wrote New York rock critic Robert Christgau of Kate and Anna McGarrigle, whose singing and songwriting talents took them from a quiet Québec village to the top stages of New York and London.

Volume One is the story of that remarkable adventure, told in text and in songs, in scores of pictures from family snaps to formal portraits, and in the words of leading journalists from around the world.

Volume Two is Kate and Anna's songbook, complete with lyrics and full musical notations to 34 of their favourite songs.

"An engrossing account of [Kate and Anna's] bicultural family history and their early years in the Laurentians — both of which had a huge impact on their music." — Montreal Gazette

"At last, the definitive book on the McGarrigles to be published. It has surpassed all my expectations — it's as if you are invited to share their private archives, photos, songs and memories at their Saint-Sauveur parlor. The only way the McGarrigle family story could be told." — Robert Bower

Dane Lanken


Having resided with his wife, Anna McGarrigle, in Aleaxandria, Ontario, Dane Lanken (1945-2023) was born in Montreal. He worked at the Montreal Gazette as a film critic and feature writer from 1967 to 1977, and thereafter as a freelance journalist, most regularly for Canadian Geographic magazine. He is also the author of Montreal Movie Palaces and a contributor to The Songs of Wade Hemsworth, both published by Penumbra Press.


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