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Buffy Sainte-Marie

The Authorized Biography
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
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Narrated by the author, with interludes narrated by Buffy Sainte-Marie. A powerful, intimate look at the life and music 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 Buffy Sainte-Marie (P)2018 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)

"This well-rounded and thorough authorized biography is perfectly timed - not just welcome but vital... Warner understands how intrinsically art and activism coexist for Sainte-Marie. There wouldn’t be one without the other. " (Quill & Quire)

"Merriment and perseverance together - the image Warner’s writing casts is one of an insightful leader, whose commitment to joy in learning has only grown over the years. This is at the heart of the biography - one which arguably is decades overdue." (Globe and Mail)

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I was two years behind Buffy at Wakefield high school. She was always smiling an looked happy no one knew about her problems. I really liked to hear her New England accent, you can’t get that in a hard cover book
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