Liona Boyd, known around the world as “The First Lady of the Guitar” has released twenty-seven albums, spanning a wide range of styles, many of which have gone gold and platinum. She has been awarded the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the Queen’s Jubilee medal, five honorary doctorates, has been inducted into the Guitar Gallery of Greats, and won five Juno awards. She lives in Toronto.
In My Own Key
Exotic venues, sold-out concerts, and the companionship of the world’s most powerful people have given Liona Boyd a lifestyle that, like her music, is one in a million.
The internationally acclaimed classical guitarist has crossed numerous boundaries, both musically and romantically. Whether working with such classical greats as Alexandre Lagoya or with such folk legends as Gordon Lightfoot, she has always made music — and lived her life — in her own key.
In this colourful memoir she serves up a rich and fascinating mix: childhood with her progressive parents in England, Canada, and Mexico, intense and exacting music studies in Toronto and Europe, down-and-out years in London and Paris, drug experimentation in a Mexican artists’ colony, and whirlwind trips around the globe to eminent concert stages.
And who can forget her eight-year affair with Canada’s prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau? Here, for the first time, Liona tells the full story behind that relationship.
It all makes for a rousing, feisty, passionate tale, as compelling and entrancing as the music of her Ramírez guitar.
In this sensitive account of her early days and the vigorous artistic years, Liona Boyd proves that dreams can become reality. In her book she gives us the candid details of her trip through the maze.
Liona Boyd's reputation in the music world as an extraordinary guitarist is well known. You only have to read this book to realize that she can write just as well.
Liona’s rarified gift is her extraordinary ability to convey the intangible essence of love through the soulful and pure sound of the classical guitar; her breadth of human emotion is unmatched.
Her music, talent, and courage have woven a magic carpet that has floated through some of the most interesting corridors of our century.
Congratulations to Liona Boyd for her spirited writing and beautiful music.
The golden girl of the guitar writes with unusual candour and taste, even about her long-term love affair with Canada’s prime minister Pierre Trudeau.
A diverting, absorbing story of a brilliant artistic and interesting romantic life.
Liona Boyd casts a charming spell in this disarmingly innocent and honest account of her life as a true creative and romantic adventurer.