Beautiful Scars: Steeltown Secrets, Mohawk Skywalkers, and the Road Home

Beautiful Scars: Steeltown Secrets, Mohawk Skywalkers, and the Road Home
Photo Credit: Penguin Random House (Doubleday Canada) publishers

Tom Wilson- A rock and roll life, and self discovery

Beautiful Scars: Steeltown Secrets, Mohawk Skywalkers, and the Road Home
Beautiful Scars: Steeltown Secrets, Mohawk Skywalkers, and the Road Home © Penguin Random House (Doubleday Canada) publishers

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The book is called “Beautiful Scars: Steeltown Secrets, Mohawk Skywalkers, and the Road Home”

It’s the personal story of a man who spent his wild-child youth in the roughhewn steel town of Hamilton Ontario.

Tom Wilson is a successful singer songwriter and musician who is now  a member of one of Canada’s coolest bands. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.

But it was a rocky road getting there, and to his present state of creativity and peace.

From early childhood Wilson knew in the back of his mind, something was not right, something hidden about who he was.

The questioning about his origins was not helped by schoolchildren taunts about him being different.

Once, when I was about four, I asked Bunny, “How come I don’t look anything like you and George? How come you are old and the other moms are young?”       “There are secrets I know about you that I’ll take to my grave,” she responded. And that pretty well finished that. Bunny built up a wall to protect her secrets, and as a result I built a wall to protect myself.     Beautiful Scars

He was a schemer, a clown, and somewhat of a delinquent until music gave him some direction.

Blackie and he Rodeo Kings L-R Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing, Tom Wilson
Blackie and he Rodeo Kings L-R Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing, Tom Wilson ©

Only some direction however, as he got into the struggling band rock and roll lifestyle of second and third rate venues, and far too much drink and drugs.

This was leading to a very bad end, until business associates gave him an ultimatum.

Along the way to recovery, in his early 50’s the long-held secret of who he was, was revealed along with the knowledge at lats of his surprising roots, from the rough streets, smoky Legion halls and beer of Hamilton, to a Mohawk reserve in Quebec, and skyscrapers of Manhattan.

Tom Wilson, singer, songwriter, musician iin RCI studio
Tom Wilson, singer, songwriter, musician, author here in the RCI studio © RCI-MC Simard

It’s about Tom’s scars, and his healing, and it’s a good read.

Wilson is now planning a unique and fascinating series of readings of the book backed by an orchestra.

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