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Publisher's Summary

"Buffy Sainte-Marie is an icon and inspiration. This book is necessary - an authorized insight into the making of a legend." (Terese Marie Mailhot, author of Heart Berries)

A powerful, intimate look at the life of a beloved folk icon and activist.

Folk hero. Songwriter icon. Living legend. Buffy Sainte-Marie is all of these things and more. In this, Sainte-Marie’s first and only authorized biography, music critic Andrea Warner draws from more than 60 hours of exclusive interviews to offer a powerful, intimate look at the life of the beloved artist and everything that she has accomplished in her 77 years (and counting).

Since her groundbreaking debut, 1964’s It’s My Way!, the Cree singer-songwriter has been a trailblazer and a tireless advocate for Indigenous rights and freedoms, an innovative artist, and a disruptor of the status quo. Establishing herself among the ranks of folk greats such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, she has released more than 20 albums, survived being blacklisted by two US presidents, and received countless accolades, including the only Academy Award ever to be won by a First Nations artist. But this biography does more than celebrate Sainte-Marie’s unparalleled talent as a songwriter and entertainer; packed with insight and knowledge, it offers an unflinchingly honest, heartbreakingly real portrait of the woman herself, including the challenges she experienced on the periphery of showbiz, her healing from the trauma of childhood and intimate partner violence, her commitment to activism, and her leadership in the protest movement.

©2018 Andrea Warner (P)2021 Greystone Books

Critic Reviews

"Buffy Sainte-Marie is an icon and inspiration. This book is necessary - an authorized insight into the making of a legend." (Terese Marie Mailhot, author of Heart Berries)

"A crucial and compelling book that further cements Buffy Sainte-Marie's place in music history." (Jessica Hopper, author of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic)

"Buffy Sainte-Marie is a beacon: she shows us how unwavering vision and fierce independence go hand-in-hand with the work of creating solidarity, community, justice, and beauty. This book is the captivating story of that achievement." (Naomi Klein, author of No is Not Enough and This Changes Everything)

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  • 22-09-21

Buffy is Awesome and this biography is too!

Narrator is the author of the book. She is an enthusiastic, but non-actor reader. The biography showed me that the woman I admired and listened to with devotion as a teen has and is living a vibrant, inspiring life. Loved it!