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Before the Gold Rush Flashbacks to the Dawn of the Canadian Sound

Jennings, Nicholas

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ISBN 10: 0670873810 / ISBN 13: 9780670873814
Published by Penguin Books, Toronto, 1997
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Book follows the exploits of a generation of musicians from Vancouver to Halifax. . . . . . who were drawn to the musical mecca of Toronto's Yorkville District. 243 pp. plus: Appendix 1 - Where are they now ?, Appendix 2 - 25 top canadian songs 1961-71, Appendix 3 - What's in a name ?, Acknowledgments, Photo Credits, Endnotes, Bibliography, Index. 292 pp. in toto. Blue paper covered boards have as-new gilt text on spine only. Spine ends are lightly rubbed, fon ffep, some white marks on rear panel. Book is tight and square and is profusely illustrated. Unclipped DJ has light edge wear with minor chipping at spine ends, closed 1 1/2" cut near bottom of front panel. A not common book ! Bookseller's Inventory # 161005. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001005

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Title: Before the Gold Rush Flashbacks to the Dawn ...

Publisher: Penguin Books, Toronto

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Blue Paper Covered Boards

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Canadfian Edition, First Printing.

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This is an entertaining, authoritative, and highly anecdotal look at the golden era of Canadian pop music-the historically important decade that gave birth to such internationally respected recording artists as Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Ian & Sylvia Tyson, Gordon Lightfoot, Murray MacLauchlan, Bruce Cockburn, Buffy Saint Marie, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Ronnie Hawkins. In the bohemian sixties, Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood was a hippie haven-our version of Haight-Ashbury or Greenwich Village, a place where coffeehouses like the Riverboat and the Purple Onion offered a creative mecca for musicians from across Canada. They came from Saskatoon and Winnipeg, from Vancouver and Edmonton and Halifax. By the middle of the sixties, they had forged an adventurous, original sound that the American music press proclaimed "a fresh wind from the north". It was Canadian music's first wave of international success. In researching the book, Jennings conducted more than 100 interviews with musicians, managers, club owners, booking agents, and record company executives including Gordon Lightfoot, Murray MacLauchlan, Bruce Cockburn, among many others. Many of those he's interviewed have provided the author with period photographs and other memorabilia for reproduction in this book.

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Nicholas Jennings is one of Canada's most respected music journalists. As music critic and contributing editor to Maclean's, he has interviewed top Canadian and international artists from Joni Mitchell and Robbie Robertson to Whitney Houston and Paul McCartney. A frequent contributor to CBC radio, he worked in Yorkville's legendary Riverboat coffee house in the 1970's.

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