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Coming Soon: Buffy Sainte-Marie Biography

Coming Soon: Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Authorized Biography, the Story of a Living Legend

Folk hero. Rock icon. Living legend. Buffy Sainte-Marie is all of these things, and Greystone is proud to celebrate the incredible Cree singer-songwriter, activist, and educator with her authorized biography: Andrea Warner’s Buffy Sainte-Marie, publishing fall 2018.

For more than 50 years, Sainte-Marie has made her voice heard through her music, art, and activism, establishing herself among the ranks of folk greats such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. She’s released more than twenty albums and ten singles, survived being blacklisted by two U.S. presidents, and has received countless accolades, including the only Academy Award ever to be won by a First Nations artist. Her most recent album, Power in the Blood (2015), won the Polaris Music Prize and two Juno Awards. But Sainte-Marie is so much more than a musician; she is also an entrepreneur, a pioneer in digital art, and an important cultural activist who has worked tirelessly advocating for and protecting Indigenous rights and freedoms. Her incredible contributions to society will be recognized when she receives the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the 2017 Juno Awards, and will also come to light in her forthcoming biography.

Penned by leading music, culture, and feminist writer Andrea Warner, Buffy Sainte-Marie: An Authorized Biography will weave a powerful, intimate look at the life of a beloved artist and everything that she has accomplished in her 76 years (and counting).

Buffy Sainte-Marie is an award-winning Cree singer-songwriter, activist, educator, and visual artist. Her 1964 hit "Universal Soldier" is considered one of the great anti-war songs of the 20th century, and her renowned ballad "Until It’s Time For You to Go" (1965) has been covered by everybody from Elvis Presley to Barbra Streisand.

Andrea Warner is an author, journalist, and podcaster (Pop This!) who has been writing about pop culture, feminism, and music for more than 10 years. She has written for outlets such as CBC Music, Pitchfork, and the Georgia Straight, and is the author of We Oughta Know: How Four Women Ruled the '90s and Changed Canadian Music.



Photo of Buffy Sainte-Marie generously provided by Bryan Ledgard via The owner of the photograph is not affiliated with Greystone Books in any way. The photograph has been edited (cropped) for use on this page. 

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