"IT SEEMS LIKE A LIFETIME AGO — which of course it was, all that and more. For a boy, life on the farm was idyllic, but for the young man I became, that very peace and predictability were stifling, unbearable. I had big dreams, and needed a big place to explore them: the whole wide world.
Near our village of Barrel Arbor, the steamliners touched down and traveled on rails along the Winding Pinion River toward Crown City. Watching them pass in the night, how I prayed to get away . . ."Clockwork Angels is the 19th studio album and first full-fledged Concept Album by cult Canadian Progressive Rock band Rush. Its basic plot follows the highlights and lowlights taken from the lifetime of an unnamed man living in a Clock Punk and Steam Punk inspired alternate universe.In the first five songs the setting itself is given more focus but is soon overtaken by much more analogous tales with more prominent themes of illusion.A novelization co-written by Kevin J. Anderson was published in September 2012, accompanied by an audiobook read by drummer Neil Peart. Anderson, a longtime friend of Peart, worked from his storyline for the album and incorporated snippets of Rush lyrics throughout the book. This was joined by a graphic novel in 2014, and a vague Tweet from Anderson that may point to a movie deal.
— Caravan liner notes
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