Canuck Rock: A History of Canadian Popular Music

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University of Toronto Press, 2009 - History - 336 pages
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The Guess Who. Gordon Lightfoot. Joni Mitchell. Neil Young. Stompin' Tom Connors. Robert Charlebois. Anne Murray. Crowbar. Chilliwack. Carole Pope. Loverboy. Bryan Adams. The Barenaked Ladies. The Tragically Hip. Céline Dion. Arcade Fire. K-oS. Feist. These musicians are national heroes to generations of Canadians. But what does it mean to be a Canadian musician? And why does nationality even matter? Canuck Rock addresses these questions by delving into the myriad relationships between the people who make music, the industries that produce and sell it, the radio stations and government legislation that determine availability, and the fans who consume it and make it their own.

An invaluable resource and an absorbing read, Canuck Rock spans from the emergence of rock and roll in the 1950s through to today's international recording industry. Combining archival material, published accounts, and new interviews, Ryan Edwardson explores how music in Canada became Canadian music.

  

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Contents

Rock and Roll in Canada in
26
Beatlemania and the Race to Be British
56
Folk Music and the Nation
75
Why Canadian Musicians Were Not Helpless
101
Psychedelia Regionalism and
121
industry identity and the Canadian Content
139
Canadian Content and identity Politics in
159
Television and the idea of Canadian
179
How Multinationals Underwrote
199
Bryan Adams and the Waking
220
Conclusion
237
notes
245
bibliography
297
illustration credits
319
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About the author (2009)

Ryan Edwardson is a Canadian music fan with a PhD in History from Queen's University.

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