Rockin' Out, Canadian Edition

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Rockin' Out offers a ground-breaking,comprehensive social history of popular music in the United States and Canada.  Accessibly written, this text is organized chronologically and thematically around particular genres/styles of music and addresses such dimensions as race, class, gender, ethnicity, technology, copyright and the structure of the music industry as they affected the development of the music.  It offers an analysis and critique of the music itself as well as how it is produced and marketed.

 

The Canadian edition includes Canadian artists such as Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, The Guess Who, Rush, Avril Lavigne, Great Big Sea, Feist, Jully Black, and more! 

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About the Author:

Reebee Garofalo has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Boston since 1978.  He us the co-author of Rock ‘n’ Roll is Here to Pay (1977), editor of Rockin’ the Boat (1992), and co-editor of Policing Pop (2003).  He has written numerous articles and lectured internationally on popular music and the music industry, and serves on the editorial collective of the Journal of Popular Music Studies

 

Rob Bowman of York University is a very high profile and well-known academic across Canada. He has helped to pioneer the academic study of popular music at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has published widely in both academic and non-academic forums including liner notes for over 175 compact discs. Nominated for five Grammy Awards, in 1996 he won a Grammy in the “Best Album Notes” category for a 47,000 word monograph he wrote to accompany a ten-CD box set he also co-produced, titled The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles Volume 3: 1972-1975 (Berkeley:Fantasy Records 1994.) Professor Bowman is the author of the award-winning book Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records. His many broadcast credits include a five-part radio series on the history of Canadian popular music and frequent guest spots on CBC Radio's Definitely Not the Opera.

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“I prize the Garofalo for its comprehensive historical narrative, for its consistent linkage of the music to politico-socio-economic-cultural contexts, and for the text-focused “musical road map” Listening Guides...The Canadian additions are informed and informative, with all the appropriate artists and groups receiving due attention, all perceptively sited in their cultural moment and locale.  Linkages between evolving infrastructures of the Canadian music industry and the music itself are especially revealing... My longtime choice as the best available text for the study of rock can only get better, eh.”

- Terrance Cox, Music and Dramatic Arts, Brock University

 

“Finally!  This book demonstrates that, while Canadian popular music can hardly be separated from the American music scene, it’s not just a maple-flavoured version of the pop culture south of the border.  The addition of issues that pertain specifically to Canada, not to mention the Canadian artists themselves and their music, provides a more complete picture of the popular music of North America.”

-  Colette Simonot, Department of Music, McGill University

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