The nationally bestselling memoir of a Canadian rock ’n’ roll legend
April Wine ruled the charts both in Canada and internationally in the ’70s and ’80s, and the band has influenced generations of musicians in all genres. Country superstar Garth Brooks says, “April Wine was my Entertainment 101 for my career.” Now in its fourth decade, April Wine continues to charge ahead as one of Canada’s very best rock acts.
Singer, guitarist, writer, producer and bandleader Myles Goodwyn is the only remaining original member of April Wine, and has been with the group since its inception in 1969. Through the ups and downs and changing faces of the band, the one constant has been Myles Goodwyn.
Goodwyn grew up poor and is the classic “small-town kid makes good” success story. In Just Between You and Me, he shares the story of his upbringing, first at home in rural New Brunswick and then in the music business as the lead singer of April Wine, one of Canada’s most popular bands ever. Success comes at a price, though, and Goodwyn doesn’t shy away from the darker stories of fame and its accompanying excess, particularly during such a wild period in rock ’n’ roll history. But as far as that history goes, Myles Goodwyn is already a living legend (especially in the annals of Canadian rock) and is known as one of the all-time greats.
About the author
Myles Goodwyn was born in Woodstock, New Brunswick, and raised in Waverley, Nova Scotia. He is a founding member of the iconic Canadian rock band April Wine, from its modest garage-band roots in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1969 to international acclaim, with sales exceeding 20 million records and CDs worldwide. In 2002 he was presented with the Socan National Achievement Award and in 2003 with the ECMA Lifetime Achievement Award for his impact on the music industry in Atlantic Canada. In 2009, he and his fellow April Wine members won the coveted Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Award, and in 2010 April Wine was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Goodwyn has also garnished numerous personal songwriting and publishing awards internationally. Over the last decade, Goodwyn and April Wine have been active in raising funds and awareness for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Canada, and in 2014 Goodwyn co-founded, along with friend Dr. Stan Van Duyse, Soleful Caring: Shoes for the Homeless, a charitable foundation that provides footwear for the homeless. Goodwyn has homes in Montreal, Quebec, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.
“As one of Canada’s foremost rock songwriters of the past forty-plus years, Myles Goodwyn clearly demonstrates a unique talent for writing undeniable hooks and timely and accessible lyrics, and the wherewithal to make some great records with his Juno Hall of Fame band April Wine.”
Frank Davies, President, Let Me Be Frank Inc., Founder of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame
“In his memoir, Myles talks about his childhood, his struggles and the history of one of the greatest Canadian rock bands, April Wine. This is a fantastic read!”
Barry Stock, lead guitarist for Three Days Grace
“Whether you are a fan or not, this is a really heartfelt autobiography that offers insight into the life of one of Canada’s finest pioneering rock musicians/songwriters, making his way through the wilderness and beyond. It is quite simply a damn fine read!”
Tom Cochrane, lead singer of Red Rider and an Officer of the Order of Canada
“As a massive April Wine fan, I could not lay down this memoir. . . . I loved reading about every twist and turn. Just between you and me, folks, this is a great read!”
Alan Doyle, lead singer of Great Big Sea and bestselling author of <em>Where I Belong</em>
“Wow, what a book! So honest, lots of detail and a great read. Myles Goodwyn is a powerful songwriter, singer, and musician. He is a respected survivor of the turbulent music industry, while being a loved and admired Canadian . . . Myles, I salute you, thank you, and will forever admire your talents as an artist and a man!”
Deane Cameron, President/CEO, Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, former President of EMI Music Canada, Order of Canada, Member of the Order of Canada
“This book will be read and loved by many who are not fortunate enough to know Myles Goodwyn personally, as I have. He is truly one of the Canadian pioneers who helped bring Canada to the forefront of the stage of international music.”
Burton Cummings, former lead singer of the The Guess Who and Officer of the Order of Canada
“April Wine was my Entertainment 101 for my career. They’re a hard-working band that taught me that it is all about entertainment. And all the lessons I have learned since them (or then) stand on the foundation they set for me.”
“I swear, so much of this could be my story, too. So many parallels, the same memories, only the names have changed. This book is a great trigger, a catalyst--it brought so much of my life back to me, stuff that otherwise probably would’ve been gone forever. Thanks, Myles!”
Paul Dean, lead guitarist for Loverboy
“Myles Goodwyn’s great songs and punishing guitar assault on the radio forged my musical tastes . . . This is a great story filled with colourful anecdotes on how it was to be a successful Canadian musician in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, and how it is today.”
Jeff Stinco, Juno Award-winning guitarist for Simple Plan
“In these pages, Myles chronicles the journey of April Wine, Canadian hard rock trailblazers, but also presents his personal life stripped to the core, warts and all. It’s a story many will understand and appreciate.”
Alex Lifeson, guitarist for Rush, Order of Canada