Many have attempted to unravel the mysteries of Anne Murray, from Lester Bangs in 1973 to, most recently, the Globe and Mail's Michael Posner who joined Murray onstage at IFOA tonight to discuss their book about her life and career, All of Me.
Murray worked the stage from the start, coming out frosted tips first and asking the audience, "Where's the band?" Posner and Murray settled into a groove quickly but having biographer and subject together meant that the evening's content wouldn't wander much from what's in the book. (And Posner had already asked Murray "that question" several years back.)
Talk started with her early days of playing Maritime clubs before segueing into Murray's Halifax Babylon of the 1970s: she shared a manager with Alice Cooper, she once had an incomprehensible conversation with her favourite singer - the gifted and wrecked Harry Nilsson - and two of her band members OD'd on the same night during her first tour.
As for those down times Murray said, "Those little breakdowns never last long with me."