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OH CANADA What A Feeling! Part 1

OH CANADA What A Feeling! Part 1

A Musical Celebration of the Nation's Greatest Live on Stage
edition:Paperback

OH CANADA What A Feeling! celebrates the legacy of Canadian singers, songwriters and rockers and bands. It is the history of Canada set to the music of its time. The book also features a behind-the scenes look at the stage show including pieces on participating singers, musicians, and the music from then until now.

Also included in the book is a lively chronicle of the Canadian popular music scene and a detailed chronology of Canadian Hit Songs since 1900, profiles of Canadian Music Hall of Fame …

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Music in Range

Music in Range

The Culture of Canadian Campus Radio
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Music in Range explores the history of Canadian campus radio, highlighting the factors that have shaped its close relationship with local music and culture. The book traces how campus radio practitioners have expanded stations from campus borders to sur-rounding musical and cultural communities by acquiring FM licenses and establishing community-based mandates.
The culture of a campus station extends beyond its studio and into the wider community where it is connected to the local music scene w …

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Lives of the Poets (with Guitars)

Lives of the Poets (with Guitars)

edition:Paperback

Lives of the Poets (with Guitars) picks up where Samuel Johnson left off nearly 250 years ago, collecting biographical and critical portraits of 13 of rock & roll, blues, folk, and alt-country's most inimitable artists. These often irreverent essays offer a riotous, toe-tapping and original take on how each musician shaped their genre, while looking into their tumultuous lives.

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Elvis Is King

Elvis Is King

Costello's My Aim Is True
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

 

An explosive, groundbreaking album that crowned a new king of rock in just 33 minutes

Before Elvis Costello was one of Rolling Stone’s greatest artists of all time, before he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he was Declan P. McManus, an office drone with a dull suburban life and a side gig in a pub rock band. In 1976, under the guidance of legendary label Stiff Records, he transformed himself into the snarling, spectacled artist who defied the musical status quo to blaze the t …

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Studio Grace

Studio Grace

The Making of a Record
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

With a dozen original songs percolating in his head, bestselling author Eric Siblin had two chance encounters in the same month: one with a real estate agent named Jo, a talented singer with pop star dreams; and the other with a college acquaintance named Morey, a fiery guitarist, record exec turned digital music producer, and manager of his teenage daughter’s burgeoning singing career. These two serendipitous events mark the start of a musical odyssey.

In Studio Grace, Eric Siblin chronicles t …

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Then & Now

Then & Now

Toronto Nightlife History
edition:Paperback

The history of Toronto's nightlife reveals its pulse.From award-winning veteran music journalist and DJ Denise Benson comes Then & Now: Toronto Nightlife History, a fascinating, intimate look at four decades of social spaces, dance clubs, and live music venues. Through interviews, research, and enthusiastic feedback from the party people who were there, Benson delves deep behind the scenes to reveal the histories of 48 influential nightlife spaces, and the story of a city that has grown alongsid …

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From Kitchen to Carnegie Hall

From Kitchen to Carnegie Hall

Ethel Stark and the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

In the 1940s it was unheard of for women to be members of a professional orchestra, let alone play “masculine” instruments like the bass or trombone. Yet despite these formidable challenges, the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra (MWSO) became the only all-women orchestra in Canadian history. Formed in 1940, the MWSO became the first orchestra to represent Canada in New York City’s Carnegie Hall and one of its members also became the first Canadian black woman to play in a symphony in C …

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Mountain City Girls

Mountain City Girls

The McGarrigle Family Album
edition:Hardcover

The first book and definitive family memoir from Anna and Jane McGarrigle, sisters to Kate McGarrigle and aunts of Rufus and Martha Wainwright. This book is truly a classic in the making.
     The McGarrigles are known around the world for their touching, insightful songs about love, loss and family. But where and how does a family so rich in musical luminaries take root? In Mountain City Girls, Anna and Jane recount their childhood in Montreal and the Laurentian Mountains, and go further back …

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