Can someone tape this CBC show for me? VHS or DVD fine, I have lots to trade, thx.
Can someone tape this CBC show for me? VHS or DVD fine, I have lots to trade, thx.
I'm on it Rob..Originally Posted by Plantweed
this is totally rad! Do you know of the Mynabirds too? post-Squires Neil Young band with Rick James..
I've also got the Let's Go footage of early The Guess Who doing all sorts of wierd shit..
ahh fack.. I just read more on that and I'm betting one hundred Canadian dollars (I'm all about the Bordens yo) that CBC isgoing to ruin this by including retards like The Barenaked Ladies and Sloan..
That's OK, I wanna see the '60s footage. Yeah, the Mynah Birds: a Sly-ish funk band with Rick James and Neil Young! They got signed to Motown (!) but James (aka James Ambrose Johnson, from Buffalo, NY) was AWOL and got busted before they could do an album. Hopefully the tapes will come out in Young's archive series. Thx for taping this! I'll hook you up.
And me, without a TV
i saw it earlier...the garage stuff was super incredible!
EMI Music Canada will release a DVD and companion CD
based on "Shakin' All Over," the two-hour documentary
about Canadian pop music in the '60s that airs tonight
(Jan. 30) on CBC Television at 8 p.m. ET.
Sales will benefit the charity MusicCan, a national
music education program implemented by the Canadian
Academy Of Recording Arts & Sciences.
"It's going to have a life beyond the TV special,"
says noted Toronto music journalist Nicholas Jennings,
who wrote the book "Before the Gold Rush -- Flashbacks
To The Dawn Of The Canadian Sound" (Penguin Books), on
which the film is based, and served as the writer and
associate producer of "Shakin' All Over."
Details have yet to be worked out with EMI such as
track listing and additional content, but Jennings
says the DVD and CD should be out this year, "maybe
the spring, maybe the summer."
Jennings, the former music critic for Maclean's
magazine and current music editor for Inside
Entertainment, conducted more than 60 interviews for
the documentary and licensed as many songs.
He was also able to dig up such rare clips as David
Clayton Thomas & The Shays on NBC's "Hullabaloo,"
Halifax garage band The Great Scots on "American
Bandstand," Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young and Joni
Mitchell in separate performances on BBC's "In
Concert," Murray McLauchlan at the Riverboat club,
Bruce Cockburn on CBC's "Rock II," and Steppenwolf on
"The Ed Sullivan Show."
"There's tons more that we edited for the TV show,"
says Jennings. "Would EMI want the DVD to feature full
performances? I guess it all comes down to budget."
Many of those finer points "Shakin' All Over" producer
Pierre Touchette of Montreal-based Amerimage-Spectra
will be working out with EMI, namely vice-president of
marketing Rob Brooks and director of catalogue
marketing Warren Stewart. Jennings expects to have
input as well.
Jennings has an existing relationship with EMI Music
Canada stemming back to the late '90s when label
president Deane Cameron hired him to write the
company's anniversary tome, "EMI Music Canada -- Fifty
Years Of Music 1949 to 1999" (Macmillan Canada), which
came out in 2000.
"Deane is a fan of 'Before The Gold Rush.' That's why
he commissioned me to do the EMI history book, but
beyond that, he also cares passionately about Canadian
music history," says Jennings. "I really respect Deane
because he has been a huge champion of Canadian music
Both books are now out of print.
However, Jennings is hoping that "Before The Gold
Rush," which came out in hard cover in 1997 and
paperback in 1998, will get back into circulation. "A
lot of people love the book and want it to be back in
print. I was very lucky that it got into a lot of
libraries before it went out of print. It's just a
matter of do I find another publisher or do I publish
it myself?" he says.
The idea for "Before The Gold Rush," -- initially
titled "Yorkville Daze" which was deemed "too
Toronto-centric" by Penguin, according to Jennings --
came to him in 1996 after he interviewed the five
music veterans inducted into the Juno Awards' Canadian
Music Hall Of Fame that year and found a common thread
In separate interviews for his Maclean's magazine
article, David Clayton-Thomas, Denny Doherty, John
Kay, Domenic Troiano, Zal Yanovsky each brought up the
Toronto district "as this looming presence" in their
Jennings had his own history with Yorkville, having
worked part-time at the Riverboat club in the '70s
while he was a journalism student at Ryerson
Polytechnical Institute, and witnessing show by the
likes of Dan Hill, Colin Linden, Cockburn, Lightfoot,
He decided to write a book on the Yorkville and Yonge
Street scenes before anyone else did.
"I tried convince my publisher, Penguin Books, back
when the book was published that people would love a
CD too, but Penguin couldn't envision it; they
couldn't see a way to make that happen," says
Jennings. "I tried to involve some record labels and
some people in the industry were very excited about
the idea, but it never came to fruition."
From the time the book was published in 1997, Jennings
was approached by many film and television producers
to turn the book into a documentary or even a series.
"None of those approaches led to anything because none
of those producers could get the financing or a
broadcast commitment," Jennings says.
That changed in 2001 when he was approached by
Touchette, who worked for the TV production side of
Amerimage-Spectra. Among its many entertainment
ventures, the company has recorded performances at the
Montreal International Jazz Festival, and more
recently produced DVDs such as "Diana Krall - Live at
the Montreal Jazz Festival" and "Creating The Lord of
the Rings Symphony."
"He optioned the book and hired me to write the
documentary," says Jennings.
Joining Touchette were producers Nick Orchard and
Randolph Eustace-Walden and executive producer Luc
Chatelain. The project also became a co-production
between Amerimage-Spectra and Vancouver's Soapbox
Productions. And Gary McGroarty (2000's documentary
"Stand Up And Be Counted") was brought in as the
"Gary completely shared my passion for getting as much
Canadian music from the '60s on the screen," says
Touchette got a broadcast commitment from CBC
Television and he and McGroarty were given access to
the broadcaster's massive archives.
Initially, Jennings says CBC wanted the film to focus
on who he calls the "Mount Rushmore of Canadian music"
-- Young, Mitchell, Lightfoot and Cohen.
"That's not really doing justice to the '60s and the
wealth of music that this country produced, so we dug
our heels in and started going into the archives,"
says Jennings. "There's not a lot of great material
left from the '60s and most of what does exist resides
in the CBC archives."
More than half the footage in "Shakin' All Over" is
from the CBC.
With the mass of material they had assembled of
Canadian music from the '60s, Jennings began talking
with Ross Reynolds at CARAS, the organization that
presents the Juno Awards, and with Graham Henderson of
the Canadian Recordings Industry Association (CRIA)
which represents the companies that create,
manufacture and market sound recordings.
"CARAS was immediately interested because they are
developing the Juno Hall Of Fame, and CARAS and CRIA
both wanted to find a way to see this TV special made
into a DVD," relays Jennings. "It's a challenge, of
course, because the licensing of songs is incredibly
expensive and this show has 60 of them, so CARAS
wanted to play a role in this and it will wind up
being a charitable project along the lines of a "Oh
What A Feeling,'" he says, referring to the 1996 and
2001 box sets produced by CARAS to celebrate the 25th
and 30th anniversary of the Juno Awards.
"The CARAS charity is (for) music in the schools which
I'm very pleased about because I really see this
documentary has a real educational role to play. It
has that kind of value," says Jennings.
"Shakin' All Over" is the first of a planned
three-part series Jennings is making with McGroarty on
the history of Canadian pop music, tentatively titled
"The format that was used for 'Shakin' All Over' will
carry the series through," says Jennings. "The next
part will begin in the early '70s and bring us up to
the birth of music television in the mid '80s and the
third will be the mid '80s to present."
CBC has been offered the entire series.
Jennings is also developing two television performance
specials on Canadian Celtic music acts Leahy and
Natalie MacMaster. "Gary and I are the creative
producers and Amerimage-Spectra will be the producer,"