Geddy Lee tells stories of his extensive bass guitar collection in upcoming book


TORONTO — Geddy Lee is dusting off his arsenal of bass guitars for a new book recognizing their influence on his life.

The Rush bassist will showcase his collection of more than 200 guitars in “Geddy Lee’s Big Book Of Beautiful Bass,” set for release on Dec. 4.

It features images taken by Toronto-based celebrity photographer Richard Sibbald and career memories shared by Lee.

The stories will be filled out with interviews from other musicians, including Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, U2’s Adam Clayton, Metallica’s Robert Trujillo, Primus member Les Claypool and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.

Lee will also dedicate a section to tracking the history of the bass guitar and the extensive collection of studio and live gear he’s amassed over his 40-year career.

Rush bandmate Alex Lifeson and vintage guitar expert Terry Foster will pen two forwards for the book.

Members of Rush will also be immortalized as pop culture collectibles at Toronto’s Fan Expo Canada later this month. Funko Pop plans to release a three-pack of figures in the likenesses of Lee, Lifeson and Neil Peart that will be sold exclusively at the event, which begins Aug. 30.

Other Canadians in the limited-edition collection include Michael J. Fox as his Marty McFly character, “SCTV” hosers Bob and Doug McKenzie and Toronto Maple Leafs player Auston Matthews.


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David Friend, The Canadian Press