What is Hip?: The Life and Times of The Tragically Hip
Journalist Meighan O'Brien recalledhow, when on assignment from a local magazine, she wandered into the iconic NewYork club CBGB's to review and interview a band she had never heard ofbefore...a reportedly up and coming Canadian band called The Tragically Hip.
"The bar was empty when theystarted playing. I was the only one in the club. And then people started tocome in. People started to walk in but they weren't leaving. They were staying.And it got more crowded and more crowded and more crowded and more crowded and everysong they played, people got more enthusiastic and started roaring andcheering."
O'Brien stayed until the last songand later met up with the band for the interview and, as it would turn out,hours of breakfast chat and pool games before she said goodbye early the nextmorning and returned to her room. Her eyes had barely closed when her phonerang. It was Gord.
"Gordasked if we could help them out," she recalled. "I said sure. What'sup?' He said 'Our van got stolen."
O'Briensaid the band could wait in her room while their manager dealt with thecalamity. In due course, there was a knock on the door and the members of TheTragically Hip trooped into her room. O'Brien related the looks on their faces."They were all very sad men."
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