Shakin All Over: Canadian Pop Music in the 1960s
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Shakin' All Over tells the story of Canadian music during the halcyon days of the 1960s, before Cancon, Junos and MuchMusic, when so much timeless music was created despite indifferent radio and a nascent record industry. From Halifax to Vancouver, folksingers, suit groups, garage rockers, r&b revues and psychedelic bands struggled to get their music heard, in coffeehouses, community centres, high school dances and hockey arenas. Some were forced to seek fame south of the border, while others stayed at home and built careers against often daunting odds. From Four Strong Winds to Oh What a Feeling, Shakin' All Over relies heavily on songs, mixing rare archival footage with candid interview material, to document the auspicious birth of the Canadian sound.
The documentary is full of candid interviews with over 60 iconic figures like Gordon Lightfoot, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Bruce Cockburn, who offer illuminating stories about each other.
Shakin' All Over also features some of Canada's brightest younger stars, including Blue Rodeo, Barenaked Ladies and Sarah Harmer, who pay tribute to the period.
Special performance footage includes: Early Morning Rain- Gordon Lightfoot, Four Strong Winds-Ian & Sylvia, Signs- Five Man Electrical Band, These Eyes-The Guess Who, Born to Be Wild-Steppenwolf, Spinning Wheel-Blood, Sweat & Tears, Walk That Walk-David Clayton-Thomas & the Shays, Going to the Country-Bruce Cockburn, Back on the Street-Murray McLauchlan, California-Joni Mitchell, and Heart of Gold- Neil Young.
The DVD bonus material features extended interviews with Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Anne Murray, Murray McLauchlan, Sylvia Tyson and others.
A lively romp through our rich musical heritage. -- Winnipeg Free Press, February 9, 2008
Clear and thoroughly entertaining, it balances obscurities and crucial mentions with little-known facts and long-forgotten context. -- Exclaim! February 2008
Even if history isn't your favourite subject, you should be shakin' and stirred by this fine piece of work. -- Chart magazine, January 22, 2008
This engaging doc collects ace archival footage from the dawning of Can-rock. -- Eye weekly, February 20, 2008
This splendid documentary details that heady era when Canadian bands and artists ranked among the best in the world. -- The Globe and Mail, January 18, 2008
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The two hour special captures the sounds of the decade, from the folk music of Ian and Sylvia, and the rhythm 'n blues of Ronnie Hawkins, to the many other legendary stars like Joni Mitchell, The Guess Who, Neil Young, Anne Murray, The Band, cult heroes like David Wiffen, The Collectors and Mashmakhan, and some of Canada's brightest younger stars including Blue Rodeo, Barenaked Ladies and Sarah Harmer.
The special is full of candid interviews with more than 60 iconic figures like Gordon Lightfoot (of course), Buffy Sainte-Marie and Bruce Cockburn, who offer illuminating stories about each other. The Lightfoot content includes interview segments plus clips of archival performances of "Canadian Railroad Trilogy," "Early Morning Rain" and "Did She Mention My Name." It also features a clip of Ron Sexsmith's cover of "If You Could Read My Mind." And, strewn throughout are mentions by other artists of Lightfoot's influence on them and on the emergence of Canadian music worldwide.
In addition to the original two hour broadcast, the DVD has bonus interviews with several of the key artists, including a new interview with Lightfoot. Other bonus interviews are with Randy Bachman, Bruce Cockburn, Burton Cummings, Robbie Lane, Murray McLauchlan, Anne Murray, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Sylvia Tyson. The interviews are pieced together from what I assume were live interview sessions, and offer some interesting insights into the experiences and influences of each of these artists. Would you believe Lightfoot mentions Bruce Springsteen as a creative influence?Read more ›