Buffy Sainte-Marie's Life and Career Explored in New Biography
Published Mar 30, 2017Buffy Sainte-Marie has been honoured in recent years with prestigious awards like the 2015 Polaris Music Prize and this year's Juno-affiliated Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. Now, her life and lengthy career will be profiled in an authorized biography.
Straightforwardly titled Buffy Sainte-Marie, the book is due out in fall of 2018 via Greystone Books.
A press release notes that it will chronicle Sainte-Marie's efforts as a musician, activist, educator, entrepreneur, digital artist and a beacon of advocacy for Indigenous rights and freedoms — taking readers through her 76 years (and counting) that have included rising to fame alongside fellow folk legends like Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, releasing more than 20 albums, being blacklisted by two U.S. presidents and receiving many accolades and awards (including the only ever Academy Award to be won by a First Nations artist, for 1982's "Up Where We Belong" from An Officer and a Gentlemen).
Her remarkable story will be told by music writer (and Exclaim! contributor) Andrea Warner, who recently penned We Oughta Know: How Four Women Ruled the '90s and Changed Canadian Music.
Ahead of the book's arrival, revisit the singer's musical catalogue with Exclaim!'s Essential Guide to Buffy Sainte-Marie.