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Shakin All Over: Canadian Pop Music in the 1960s

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Product Details

  • Directors: Gary McGroarty
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Universal Music Canada
  • Release Date: Dec 11 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XUF6GU
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Valerie L. Shainin on April 11 2008
Shakin' All Over: Canadian Pop Music in the 1960s, a documentary that initially aired on Canadian TV in January, 2006, was released on DVD in Canada on December 11, 2007.

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?
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This DVD compilation of archival music and interviews is a great visual snapshot of the abundant Toronto music scene in the 1960's when I was a teenager. We went to see the groups playing live because there was no CanCon then, nothing promoting them on the airwaves. The musicians, performers and groups that frequented the Yonge Street strip and Yorkville Avenue had a profound influence on me as an amateur musician. I played country, then folk, then folk-rock, then R & B, then Rock progressing through the genres with my friends in various local bands outside of the city. I still jam at age 67 to a lot of these home grown Canadian tunes created by the best in the industry. Proud to be Canadian and priviledged to have experienced the 60's in T.O. Great product.
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Much more than what aired on television... April 4 2012
By T. LeBaron - Published on
I saw this documentary a couple of years ago on CBC television. As it aired there, it was an hour long program and was quite entertaining on its own...but here is the full program with lots more footage and comments from Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings and many others who were around at that get to see bands like The Haunted in addition to the early footage of Gordon Lightfoot and so many others. The TV version was good, but if you're a fan of Canadian pop music at all, you owe it to yourself to see the full program!
Five Stars Nov. 6 2014
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