Before The Gold Rush Paperback – Aug 17 1998
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"Beginning with Ian & Sylvia, the narrative runs like a train, picking up passengers one by one, tracking their interrelationships, creating an underlying sense of accumulation and momentum". -- Maclean's
"Jennings' wonderful study of the formative years of a Canadian folk, pop, and rock sound is an invaluable addition to our understanding of our musical heritage, popular culture, and political history". -- Quill and Quire
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The other three summers I arranged to get work in and around town (which wasn't always easy for an American visitor) just so I'd have enough money to go clubbing. Back in California, I went to the Haight-Ashbury and other parts of the San Francisco scene, and I got down to the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles every once in a while, but I always felt that Yorkville was the real deal.
Jannings' book is the perfect recollection of the times. His stories of the musicians and their managers are spot-on. The only thing I would have wished for was more coverage of the fans -- all you really get in this book are general comments and a few tidbits about Cathy Smith, the professional groupie.
They say that if you remember the Sixties, you weren't really there, but my experience of Yorkville wasn't like that. I remember the hard-driving sound that characterized the bands of eastern Canada, and Jennings has definitely captured that spirit in this book.