One Good Reason
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.

One Good Reason Details

TitleOne Good Reason
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 14th, 2020
PublisherNimbus Publishing
ISBN-139781771088220
Rating
GenreMusic, Cultural, Canada, Health, Mental Health, Autobiography, Memoir

One Good Reason Review

  • Teena in Toronto
    January 1, 1970
    Séan McCann is a singer and musician and founding member of Canadian band, Great Big Sea. He left the band at the end of December 2013. Andrea Aragon is his wife and mother of their two children. This book is their story.Séan was born and raised in St. John's, Newfoundland. He and his family were Catholic and their priest befriended the family when he was in his teens. This same priest sexually abused Séan, which has stayed with him for the rest of his life. Not able to deal with what happened, Séan McCann is a singer and musician and founding member of Canadian band, Great Big Sea. He left the band at the end of December 2013. Andrea Aragon is his wife and mother of their two children. This book is their story.Séan was born and raised in St. John's, Newfoundland. He and his family were Catholic and their priest befriended the family when he was in his teens. This same priest sexually abused Séan, which has stayed with him for the rest of his life. Not able to deal with what happened, Séan turned to alcohol and his dependency on it only increased over the years. When he and his friends formed Great Big Sea and their popularity grew, they become known as a party band which encouraged Séan's lifestyle of drinking to excess.Andrea is an American, the daughter of an alcoholic and had an unstable childhood. After divorcing her first husband, she moved to Colorado to start over and find herself. It was there that she met Séan after a Great Big Sea concert and there was a spark. She eventually moved to Newfoundland to be with him, they got married and had two children. As Séan's alcoholism grew worse, their marriage began to fall apart. She eventually gave him an ultimatum ... quit drinking or she was moving back home to Minneapolis with the kids. Happily he chose his family over liquor. He has since embarked on a solo career and has become a mental health advocate.I am/was a fan of Great Big Sea and have read band member Alan Doyle's two books so was interested in reading Séan's book. The chapters alternate between Séan and Andrea's stories ... it took me a couple chapters to realize that. If there is a guitar icon at the beginning of the chapter when it's Séan's voice and a heart when it's Andrea's voice. I liked the writing style ... I found it honest. It was interesting to get the two perspectives (Séan's and Andrea's) of the same events.Blog review post: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2020/03...
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  • Katherine Krige
    January 1, 1970
    Living the rock and roll lifestyle isn't always everything it is cracked up to be. It comes with booze, drugs, long days and nights on the road, and not quite as much emotional support as you might think. But it is a great place to hide in plain sight, when you have demons you want to drown. Sadly, ignoring those demons is not a permanent answer that can be sustained forever. And Sean McCann is all too familiar with that. One Good Reason is a memoir that lifts the veil on McCann's struggles with Living the rock and roll lifestyle isn't always everything it is cracked up to be. It comes with booze, drugs, long days and nights on the road, and not quite as much emotional support as you might think. But it is a great place to hide in plain sight, when you have demons you want to drown. Sadly, ignoring those demons is not a permanent answer that can be sustained forever. And Sean McCann is all too familiar with that. One Good Reason is a memoir that lifts the veil on McCann's struggles with addiction, brought on by abuse when he was a teenager. It is co-written with his wife Andrea Aragon, which makes it particularly poignant, as you see both sides of how his addiction affects not only him, but the people around him. Aragon was no stranger to demons herself, but as she and McCann share their story, they show us how dropping the secrets and dealing with them together can make all the difference. I was sent an ARC to review for this book, but was happy to do so already being a GBS fan. Learning the backstory behind the scenes was sobering, but seeing the healing that came out of telling the tale in love was uplifting. For more of my review, visit my blog.
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  • Delaney H
    January 1, 1970
    This book was powerful. I read it as often as I could until I finished it. I have been a huge GBS fan since I was 7 years old and they released Play. I dont know how many times Ive seen them live in Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. Sean always seemed moody and distant to me, as if he just wasnt completely happy. I remember meeting Bob and Alan in Winnipeg in 2006. They were so kind as to take photos and sign our CDs. Sean walked by and didnt have the time of day for us. Its hard to see someone you This book was powerful. I read it as often as I could until I finished it. I have been a huge GBS fan since I was 7 years old and they released Play. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen them live in Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. Sean always seemed moody and distant to me, as if he just wasn’t completely happy. I remember meeting Bob and Alan in Winnipeg in 2006. They were so kind as to take photos and sign our CDs. Sean walked by and didn’t have the time of day for us. It’s hard to see someone you admire so much act so surly. It makes sense now. I have wanted to know Sean’s story for many years. It was more touching and emotional than I ever imagined. I didn’t know what to expect reading this book about addiction and recovery as I have no experience with it. Sean, thank you so much for opening yourself up to your fans like this. Your story is inspiring and I was completely wrapped up in it. I especially liked reading things from Andrea’s perspective, trying to hold it together for your family behind the scenes.I’m so glad I preordered this and obtained a hardcover copy. It will live on my bookshelf forever.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I finished reading One Good Reason a few days ago, and I still cannot stop carrying this book around. (Not that I'm really going anywhere, pandemic and all, but still, it keeps making its way around the house with me.) And when I'm not carrying it from the kitchen to the living room to the bedroom, I'm thinking about it.I knew this book was going to be a different flavour than the memoirs from his ex-bandmates, but I was not prepared to so profoundly feel while I was reading it.One Good Reason I finished reading One Good Reason a few days ago, and I still cannot stop carrying this book around. (Not that I'm really going anywhere, pandemic and all, but still, it keeps making its way around the house with me.) And when I'm not carrying it from the kitchen to the living room to the bedroom, I'm thinking about it.I knew this book was going to be a different flavour than the memoirs from his ex-bandmates, but I was not prepared to so profoundly feel while I was reading it.One Good Reason is written by both Séan McCann and his wife Andrea Aragon. It is the story of the abuse he suffered as a teen, his subsequent addiction to alcohol, and his inspiring recovery. It is a book that proves we can do hard things and that those hard things become easier when we are connected to others, when we hope, and when we never give up.I had so much to say about this book, along with a special personal connection. You can read all about it in a much longer review here on my blog.
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  • Brenna
    January 1, 1970
    This quick read is also a moving and immensely satisfying memoir of trauma, addiction, music, and recovery. I liked the choice of sharing the focalization between both addict/celebrity and partner, and I appreciated reading McCanns perspective on a band experience that had been somewhat mythologized in Alan Doyles memoir. This quick read is also a moving and immensely satisfying memoir of trauma, addiction, music, and recovery. I liked the choice of sharing the focalization between both addict/celebrity and partner, and I appreciated reading McCann’s perspective on a band experience that had been somewhat mythologized in Alan Doyle’s memoir.
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    I wrote some blog posts about this:https://atlanticbookstoday.ca/reading...https://atlanticbookstoday.ca/reading...https://atlanticbookstoday.ca/reading...
  • Kelly McF
    January 1, 1970
    An honest, moving and sometimes emotional look at addiction specifically alcoholism and how it affects not just the alcoholic but those around them. Told from two separate point of views, it gives an insight in to life as an alcoholic and the life of people close to them.
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  • Stephen Gower
    January 1, 1970
    Content warning for frank/open discussion of abuse and addiction; while this book was really not written "for me", I got a lot out of it in the end. I learned quite a bit of things I had no idea about re: Great Big Sea. I recommend this one.
  • Shadowmice
    January 1, 1970
    Having attended many of Séans shows, Ive heard many snippets from the one side of the story; I appreciated being able to see both sides of the deeper story in their shared book. Having attended many of Séan’s shows, I’ve heard many snippets from the one side of the story; I appreciated being able to see both sides of the deeper story in their shared book.
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  • Wilma Kirmse
    January 1, 1970
    An amazingly powerful story! Sean and Andrea have made themselves vulnerable by telling their truths in order to help others. Highly recommend!
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