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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