Troubador Nomad Girl

Released: 28/06/2020

ISBN: 9781838594046

eISBN: 9781838596071

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Nomad Girl

My Adventures with Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, John Lee Hooker, the Dalai Lama and More


Since childhood Niema Ash craved adventure. This craving launched her on a life journey that embraced Morocco and Tibet, to meeting the Dalai Lama, and to connecting with performers, such as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and John Lee Hooker, before they were recognised as legends. Nomad Girl is her account of this remarkable story.

Described as ‘one of the most interesting people I have ever met’ by Chicken Soup for the Soul author, Jack Canfield, Ash looks back to her teenage years when she met her first husband, South African musician, Shimon Ash, on a trip to Israel. Together they set off on a hitch-hiking adventure through East Africa, which was cut short when Niema discovered she was pregnant. Many might have accepted pregnancy as a call to settle down into conventional domesticity. But not Niema Ash.

Moving to her home city of Montreal, the couple opened The Finjan – a coffee house and folk and blues music club that came to embody the beating heart of the new, emerging culture of the sixties. Most of the musicians who performed at the Finjan stayed at Niema’s home to save on expenses. And it was there, in her kitchen, talking into the wee hours, that she got to know them. “A few became lifelong friends, a few became lovers and a few became famous.”

If you are yearning for adventure, travel and meeting interesting people then this is the book for you.
Niema Ash has led a colourful and interesting life. We meet the 15 year old Niema when she travels to Mexico City with a friend to see artist Rivera working on one of his most famous works of art. Traveling to Israel, she meets her first husband Shimon Ash, a South African musician. Hitch-hiking together through East Africa she learns that she is pregnant. She and Shimon move to Montreal and open The Fingan, a coffee house/folk and blues club. Her home kitchen and the coffee house became famous for its music and conversations. Her encounters and friendships with legends like Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker, Leonard Cohen and Casey Anderson enrich her life and journey. As she stated “ a few became lifelong friends, a few became lovers and a few became famous”.
Her spiritual path will take her to Tibet, the Dalai Lama and the dunes of Morocco. Niema shares the intrigue and experiences beautifully.
The heart, soul and spirit of the sixties and self-exploration lives within these pages.
Niema Ash has written a very satisfying read and I highly recommend it.

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