Hand Me Down World: The Canadian Pop-Rock Paradox

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"The Canadian pop-rock paradox is simply stated: in a quest to win international celebrity, Canadian musical artists have gradually and unwittingly lost their Canadian identity. Twenty-five years ago it was obvious that Ian Tyson, Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive were Canadian acts. Today that distinction is irrelevant unless you work for the CRTC. With rare exceptions that prove the rule, music from Canada - as opposed to Canadian music - has emerge as a melting pot rather than a mosaic; whatever is marketable at the moment is parroted to a populace weaned on international media saturation." - from Hand me down world.

Greg Potter pulls no punches in his review of the Canadian rock scene. He casts a critical eye on the internationally famous, from Paul Anka to Celine Dion; he saves his praise for those who make it big but hang on to their identity and/or integrity.

Hand me down world is a personal polemic, bristling with opinions and backed up by the facts. This wild ride will take you through five decades of Canadian music and leave you smarting but plenty wiser.

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Greg Potter has written about Canadian pop culture for more than a decade for The Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Magazine and The Georgia Straight. Previously, he toured Canada as guitarist for Lost Durangos and Europe as road manager for ex-True West singer-songwriter Russ Tolman. He lives in Vancouver.

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