Rock and roll was born in the United States during the 1950s. Its popularity rapidly grew, spreading across the Atlantic to England. The Brits transformed rock, bringing it back to the States in a new form with the British Invasion. Since that time, the two countries have dominated headlines and histories, in terms of rock music. Whats often forgotten in these histories is the evolution of Canadian rock and roll during the same period. Over the years, a huge contingent of Canadian artists has made invaluable contributions to rock and roll. The list of innovative Canadian artists is quite impressive: Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Paul Anka, Arcade Fire, The Band, Bryan Adams, Rush, Leonard Cohen, Celine Dion, Diana Krall, Gordon Lightfoot, Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette, Tegan and Sara, Feist, Nickelback, and many others, not to mention the all-star producers, such as Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel), Bob Rock (Metallica, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi), Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss), and David Foster (Michael Jackson, Celine Dion). The History of Canadian Rock 'n' Roll is a lively, entertaining, and largely untold tale. Bob Mersereau presents a streamlined, informative trip through the countrys rich history and depth of talent, from the 1950s to today, covering such topics as: Torontos club scene, the folk rock and psychedelic rock of the 1960s, Canadian artists who hit major stardom in the United States, the challenges and reform of the Canadian broadcasting system, the huge hits of the 1970s, Canadian artists presence all over the pop charts in the 1990s, and Canadas indie-rock renaissance of the 2000s.
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BOB MERSEREAU is a producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Since 1985, he has been covering Canadian music as a regular on national and local broadcasts. He has written thousands of reviews for such publications as Coast, the Telegraph-Journal, and the Globe and Mail, and he has authored two books, including The Top 100 Canadian Albums.Review:
''Any book that attempts to offer bite-size career capsules of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, the Guess Who, Triumph, Loverboy, Bryan Adams, K.D. Lang, Alanis Morissette, Rush, Leonard Cohen, Ian & Sylvia, April Wine, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Men Without Hats, Tegan and Sara, Michael Buble, Arcade Fire and Justin Bieber in one tome certainly gets credit for its breadth and ambition. Then again, the country of Canada consists of almost 3.9 million square miles. That's a lot of space to cover with music. Mersereau, a music journo and producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Company since 1985, has tackled the topic with skill . . . [A] chunk of the interest in this book is the connections that he makes between the acts and the unique conditions and challenges that Canadian musicians have.'' --Houston Press
''Bob Mersereau's detail-packed, propulsive journey through 50 years of Canadian music flows with style and ease, dipping in and out of places Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax, Laurel Canyon, Greenwich Village and scenes effortlessly. He keeps an eye on a chosen handful Young, Mitchell, Robbie Robertson, Paul Anka sticking to the rock/folk realm with respectful asides to French (Celine Dion), pop-country (Shania Twain) and the more recent rises of Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne, Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire. -Atlantic Books Today
''The History of Canadian Rock 'n' Roll is a valuable resource for anyone researching Canadian popular music -- from the budding musicologists to the rabid hardcore CanCon music followers scattered across this vast dominion we call home. Credit the author for compiling a comprehensive 33-page index (which makes any artist or song easy to locate in the text), supplying a recommended reading list of music books and offering his take on a collection of Canadian albums that would ''make a fine library no matter what country you are from.'' - Winnipeg Free Press
''Touching base on everything and anything from teen idol pop to folk to British Invasion-influenced styles to garage rock to psychedelia to hard rock to heavy metal to punk rock to new wave to rap to alternative rock, Bob Mersereau's The History of Canadian Rock 'n' Roll affirms just how multi-faceted and progressive the country is. Canada's contributions to music remain immeasurable, and here's the story behind the people and recordings that made it and continue to make it happen.'' --Something Else Reviews
''All credit to Bob Merserau for putting into print what is either his encyclopedic knowledge or an impressive piece of research, which makes a mockery of those who might mock. Add an eloquent four page foreword from Rush's Neil Peart, something certainly not to be sniffed at, and there's perhaps enough now to assure you that there's some worth to the title and tempt you into finding out a little more about the forgotten nation of rock and roll history.'' -Sonic Bandwagon Blog
''Bob Mersereau's in-depth look at the deep roots of Canadian rock music begins in a very Canadian way: a pop quiz. This is exactly how my father a fiercely proud Canuck and music lover to boot would begin his frequent sermons on the unsung virtues of Canadian music. ''Did you know that so-and-so, who wrote such-and-such, was actually Canadian?'' Even the asking of the question is Canadian: polite, unassuming, and only a touch boastful or proud (for we should never be seen as either even when we are). It's through this lens that The History of Canadian Rock 'n' Rollweaves its tale...The history of Canadian rock 'n' roll, and our musical heritage in general, is always one of comparison to our southern neighbors. Books like this aim to educate and inspire interest, and as a general overview, from the 1940s through to the present day, The History of Canadian Rock 'n' Roll is a fine starting point.'' --Rebeat magazine
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