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One Good Reason

A memoir co-authored by Séan McCann and Andrea Aragon.

Séan McCann and Andrea Aragon

In this deeply personal memoir, co-written with wife Andrea Aragon, singer-songwriter and renowned mental health, addiction, and recovery advocate Séan McCann leaves no stone unturned. Detailing, in powerful and lyrical prose, a childhood in Newfoundland indoctrinated in strict Catholic faith, the creation of the wildly successful Great Big Sea, his courtship and early marriage with Aragon, and the battle with alcoholism that nearly cost him everything, McCann offers readers a love story, a memoir of addiction and recovery, of young love and a strained marriage, of reaching international fame and rock bottom. But most of all, an honest, raw, and inspiring tribute to embracing that we are all worth saving.

At the heart of this insightful coming-of-recovery is McCann's exploration of the root cause of his alcoholism, a secret he kept until 2014 when he came out as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Aragon's parallel narrative offers a rare and intimate spousal perspective, making the memoir a nuanced and complex portrait of the effects of addiction on family.

Featuring lyrics from McCann's celebrated solo career and photographs of his life and career, as well as original line drawings from singer-songwriter and visual artist Meaghan Smith, One Good Reason is a rallying cry for holding on to the ones you love, helping yourself, and turning music into medicine. (From Nimbus Publishing)

Interviews with Séan McCann

Séan McCann, The Great Big Sea co-founder is still singing and dancing. But not drinking these days. He's sobered up, and gone solo. And he's also starting to speak out about what he believes is the real source of the demons that tormented him for years. 22:00
Musician Séan McCann tells As It Happens host Carol Off why he wrote an essay for CBC called "I love you, Newfoundland, but I can no longer be your kitchen party poster boy." 6:33

 

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