The History of Canadian Rock 'n' Roll Paperback – Mar 1 2015
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About the Author
<STRONG>BOB MERSEREAU</STRONG>(Fredericton, NB, Canada) is a producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Since 1985, he has been covering Canadian music as a regular on national and local broadcasts, including his still-running column on CBC Radio One'sShifteach Wednesday. He has written thousands of reviews for such publications asCoast, theTelegraph-Journal, andThe Globe and Mail, and he has authored two books, includingThe Top 100 Canadian Albums.
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The book starts with a quiz ... not surprisingly the answers all have a Canadian connection.
The first group mentioned in the book are Toronto's The Four Lads (they scored back-to-back hits in 1955 with Moments to Remember and No Not Much). From there, the history of rock 'n roll in Canada is revealed.
The contents include:
* Moments to remember - Canada's first rock 'n roll hits
* Four strong winds - Canada blows into folk and rock worlds in the early 60s
* Shakin' all over - the whole country joins in the rock 'n roll scene of the mid-60s
* Ugly ducklings - Yorkville Village booms and Canada's future rock stars congregate
* Urge for going - Canadian talent makes an exodus to the U.S.
* Helpless - Canadian musicians feel unloved at home in the late 60s
* Signs - Canada's hit-making machines revs up in the early 70s
* Not fragile - Canada's rockers in the 70s
* Rockin' in the free world - new wave, CanRock and the video era
* Canadiana - Canadian group lead the roots revival
* You oughta know - Canadian's set world records in the 90s
* Hallelujah - a feisty new crop of talent for the 2000s
There were some bands I like, some I haven't heard about in a long time and some I've never heard of, The book talked about their beginnings in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg and the east coast, and how many had to head to the U.S. to get their big breaks.
If you are a fan of Canadian bands and singers such as Barenaked Ladies, Drake, Arcade Fire, Justin Bieber, Rush, Anvil, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Loverboy, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Crowbar, Lighthouse, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Guess Who, The Band, Anne Murray, Chillwack and many more, you should read this book!
Blog review post: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2015/05/book-history-of-canadian-rock-n-roll.html
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somewhat entertaining. The flow is a little jarring - but again there is so much to cover. The biggest complaint is that there is way
too much coverage of Neil Young and of all people Leonard Cohen (did he ever even have a hit??).
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