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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books; First Edition edition (March 1 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480367117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480367111
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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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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Not a bad recount of Canada's contribution to the North America music scene. Lots of surprises over what I always assumed was American and turns out was Canadian all along. I would have liked to see a better account of the music scene in Western Canada as there were many top notch acts in the West that were overlooked by the author.
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I'm a fan of music and Canada. I've read and enjoyed two other books by this author.

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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I bought this after hearing Alan Cross talk about it on the History of New Music. It is a Christmas present for my husband. I'm sure he'll love it. Great price & shipping was super quick.
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HASH(0xa8a47258) out of 5 stars History of Toronto Rock N Roll April 1 2016
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This book is typical of the egocentric garbage coming out of Ontario. It seems writers like Mersereau have an extremely narrow view of what constitutes "Canadian". As usual they think they live in the center of the universe and his history of Canadian rock 'n' roll is about 90% Toronto based and there are only a couple of acts from the West that are worth mentioning. Save your money thix book is crap!!
HASH(0xa8a47fc0) out of 5 stars Not a bad overall view of Canada's music history considering there is ... May 4 2015
By nyro998 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Not a bad overall view of Canada's music history considering there is so much to cover. Fairly detailed, somewhat well researched,
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??).
HASH(0xa7d9a708) out of 5 stars Good read March 24 2016
By leon eon - Published on Amazon.com
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considering the lack of depth I still liked this


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