As a member of the Canadian rock trio Triumph, Rik Emmett has sold millions of records and toured the world performing for millions more. Since leaving Triumph in 1988, Rik has enjoyed a successful solo recording career and, until recently, spent two decades as a faculty member at Humber College in his hometown of Toronto where he taught Songwriting, Music Business, Creative Development and Directed Studies. Writing has always been a part of Rik's life whether as a songwriter or as a regular contributor to Guitar Player Magazine. In 2001 he self published Bric-A-Brac, a book of short stories, poems and unreleased lyrics but now he has taken a unique approach to writing a memoir as a book of poetry called Reinvention.
With 56 poems collected in seven sections, Reinvention shares stories from Rik’s life as well as his thoughts on religion, politics and the general state of society today. The book also features tributes to a number of important people in his life which is where we started our interview with Rik reading the poem about his grandfather titled 11,11,11,12.
In his lifetime, Rik Emmett has been a son, a husband, a father, a guitarist, a songwriter, a rock star, a columnist and a teacher. And now, add to that, a published poet. Reinvention is available through ECW Press as of September 14, 2021. Pre-order Reinvention HERE.
If you want to find out more about Rik, his career and the music and books he has created, simply visit rikemmett.com
Read the transcript of this interview at imstevewaxman.com
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