Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances)

Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances)

A Memoir

Written by: Donlon, Denise

In this smart, funny, and inspiring memoir, Denise Donlon recounts her journey as a corporate leader at the forefront of the massive changes in the Canadian music and media industries.

One of Canada’s most celebrated and dynamic corporate leaders and broadcasters, Denise Donlon has long been recognized as a trailblazer in the Canadian cultural industries. In Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances), Donlon chronicles her impressive and storied career at MuchMusic, Sony Music Canada, and CBC English Radio, which put her at the forefront of the massive changes in the music industry and media. Throughout her incredible journey, she shares colourful and entertaining stories of growing up tall, flat, and bullied in east Scarborough; interviewing musical icons such as Keith Richards, Run-DMC, Ice-T, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Annie Lennox, and Sting; and detailing her life-changing experiences with War Child Canada, Live8, and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership.

Told with humour and honesty, Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances) is a candid memoir of one woman’s journey, navigating corporate culture with integrity, responsibility, and an irrepressible passion to be a force for good.

In this smart, funny, and inspiring memoir, Denise Donlon recounts her journey as a corporate leader at the forefront of the massive changes in the Canadian music and media industries.

One of Canada’s most celebrated and dynamic corporate leaders and broadcasters, Denise Donlon has long been recognized as a trailblazer in the Canadian cultural industries. In Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances), Donlon chronicles her impressive and storied career at MuchMusic, Sony Music Canada, and CBC English Radio, which put her at the forefront of the massive changes in the music industry and media. Throughout her incredible journey, she shares colourful and entertaining stories of growing up tall, flat, and bullied in east Scarborough; interviewing musical icons such as Keith Richards, Run-DMC, Ice-T, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Annie Lennox, and Sting; and detailing her life-changing experiences with War Child Canada, Live8, and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership.

Told with humour and honesty, Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances) is a candid memoir of one woman’s journey, navigating corporate culture with integrity, responsibility, and an irrepressible passion to be a force for good.

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc — Nov 5, 2016
Specifications 576 pages | 6 in x 9 in
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Short-listed, Kobo Emerging Writers Prize for Nonfiction, 2017

Praise for Denise Donlon and Fearless as Possible:

"A backstage view of the Canadian and international music scene over the last thirty years: MuchMusic glory days, Sony during the Napster collapse, CBC Radio. Readable, engaging, fascinating even for those who know spit about music, such as me. Lotsa gossip by one who was there (plus being female and about 6 feet tall)." — Margaret Atwood on Reco and Twitter

"Denise Donlon is the First Lady of the Canadian music business. Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances) is a funny and fascinating journey of a woman who has smashed every glass ceiling to smithereens and somehow has done it in the loveliest way. She also toured with Whitesnake. That alone makes it a must read." — Alan Doyle, Musician, Actor, and Author of Where I Belong

"What a ride. From the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants origins of MuchMusic — sowing the seeds that grew into the Canadian music scene we know today — to fundraising for the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, this woman has done it all. Denise Donlon relates her tale with honesty and humour, and with a fair sprinkling of Canadian humility. She is a treasure and we are all lucky to have her at the wheel for so many of our critical cultural events." — Jim Cuddy, Musician and Songwriter

"A beautiful, poignant, hilarious memoir from Canada’s best-known music journalist. Fearless as Possible is an honest and deeply personal account from the ultimate woman-on-the-inside who has turned the microphone on everyone, from rock scions to world leaders. Want to know what it’s like to go into labour taping a live MuchMusic special with the Cowboy Junkies? Travel with rock stars to conflict zones? Survive an artistic tussle with Leonard Cohen? Denise Donlon writes about it all. And in the process, she offers the kind of advice every underdog needs from the best friend we all wish for." — Samantha Nutt, Founder of War Child and Author of Damned Nations

"Fearless as Possible is an essential book, an amazing cultural, musical, and historical journey chronicling Denise Donlon’s private and professional lives. She digs deep through her own history and shows how it has had an impact on ours. This book reminds us again, in case we’d forgotten, how boldly creative and artistic energy has helped shape the Canadian cultural landscape." — Gordon Pinsent, Actor, Screenwriter, Director, and Playwright

"Denise Donlon is unstoppable. She lit the fire under a whole television station, rallying everyone who worked at MuchMusic to donate time, energy, and expertise, turning Kumbaya into the first and largest ever artist-driven Canadian fundraiser and educator for people living with AIDS/HIV. It just would not have happened without her. If you are looking to get into the culture business in Canada, and when you get there you want to use your power for good, then this is the book for you." — Molly Johnson, Musician and Songwriter

"A self-assured, confident writer … Donlon writes regularly with gorgeous, raw clarity … [she] proves an inspiring figure." — The Literary Review of Canada

"Denise Donlon isn’t just a Canadian media trailblazer, she is a fierce feminist, a sharp intellectual, and one of our country’s brightest beams of light. Reading Fearless as Possible is like sitting at the table of the greatest dinner party Canada’s ever had." — Joseph Boyden, Scotiabank Giller Prize–Winning Author

"Denise’s beautiful and powerful writing will sweep you up on a journey that mirrors her life … FEARLESS!" — David Usher, Musician and Author of Let the Elephants Run

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