Why did Michael Barclay write The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip? “We were witnessing this historic event in rock ‘n’ roll, not just Canadian culture”, he explains, “There was a larger question of ‘Why do we care about this band so much?’ and ‘What is it about this band that their story is deeply affecting us all?’”
In The Never-Ending Present, Michael talks to dozens of the band’s peers and friends about the significance of the Hip’s music, their impact on Canadian culture, the Kingston connection, and Gord Downie’s role in reconciliation with Indigenous people. Author Sean Michaels calls the Globe and Mail bestselling book a “remarkable chronicle of the Tragically Hip…eminently readable, clever and funny.”
Michael is a freelance music writer, and copy editor at Maclean’s, and has contributed to CBC’s Brave New Waves, and Exclaim! magazine. He co-authored the book Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985–1995, about iconic Canadian artists including the Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, k.d. lang, and more, and runs the blog Radio Free Canuckistan, He’s been nominated for a National Magazine Award, and is a juror for the Polaris Prize.
Michael lives in Toronto.
Appearing in: The Hip