Canuck Rock: A History of Canadian Popular Music
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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- Page Count: 432 pages
- Illustrations: 24
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
Reviews‘Canuck Rock is an excellent starting point for those who have yet to discover many of the bands discussed in the book, and can also serve as a nostalgic refresher for those with a stronger understanding of the Canadian music industry… A comprehensive piece of work; entertaining, and fact based, with liberal sprinkling of rock star egos, political shenanigans, and international implications.’
Carrie Schmidt, ActiveHistory.ca/book-reviews
'Canuck Rock is an indispensable resource for anyone researching Canadian popular music, the Canadian music industries, or the development of Canadian nationalism. The book demands consideration of the contextual and cultural forces that are inseparable from Canada's popular music and history. Edwardson succeeds because he convincingly explores which forces allowed music in Canada to become Canadian music.'
Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, Spring 2011
’Canuck Rock deserves to stand as a central text in the ongoing study of Canadian arts, identities, and cultural policy.’
Topia, number 27: 2012
‘Edwardson’s book is a thoughtful commentary on the impact that nationalist discourse can have on artistic production.’
'Canuck Rock is an impressive and important book. Ryan Edwardson takes obvious delight in exploring the minutiae of Canadian pop music and gives every indication of being a fan as well as an historian. Aficionados of Canadian pop music will take great pleasure in the literally hundreds of fascinating details of the "music biz" the author has unearthed.'
Robert Wright, Department of History, Trent University
'Canuck Rock is a substantial contribution to the scant scholarly literature on Canadian popular music. Ryan Edwardson should be lauded for this original and nuanced account of the synergy between Canadian nationalism and the development of a music industry in Canada.'
Rob Bowman, Department of Music, York University
Author InformationRyan Edwardson is a Canadian music fan with a PhD in History from Queen's University.
Table of contents
Introduction - Canadian Music and the Unruly Question of National Identity
Lonely Boys and Wild Girls: Rock and Roll in Canada in the 1950s
Guess Who?: Beatlemania and the Race to be British, 1963-66
From 'Tom Dooley' to 'Mon Pays': Commercialism and Nationalization in Folk Music
Caliornia Dreamin': Why Canadian Musicians were not 'Helpless' in the United States, 1965-70
Turn on, Tun in, and Drop Out': Psychedelic Music and How a Band from the Pairies was Saved by its Wheatfield Soul, 1966-70
Legislated Radio': Industry, Identity, and the Push for Canadian Content, 1965-71
Oh What a Feeling': Canadian Content and Identity Politics in the 1970s
And the Juno Goes To...': Television and the Selling of 'Canadian' Music
Takin' Care of Business': The Multinational Underwriting of the Canadian Music Industry, 1970-2006
Everything I Do (I Do It For Me)': Bryan Adams and the Waking Up the Neightbours Controversy
Conclusion - From 'Music in Canada' to 'Canadian Music'
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