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Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985-95

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Capturingthe spirit of Canadian rock from 1985 to 1995—a time when it became cool to be Canadian—this book chronicles how indie labels flourished, campus radio exploded, MuchMusic changed the way people view music, major labels tapped into the underground, and an exciting new generation of artists created a new canon of CanRock that altered the musical landscape. Bands lik ...more
Paperback, 650 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by ECW Press
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For anyone who is a serious fan of Canadian music (mostly Canadian independent music) this is a must-read. The opposite is also true- if you're not really that interested in Canada's musical contributions then don't read it.
This book is a mammoth- over 600 pages of material on numerous Canadian singer-songwriters and bands who got their start between 1985 and 1995, including big names like Blue Rodeo, Sloan and The Tragically Hip among slightly lesser-known acts like 13 Engines and Jr. Gone Wild
Mr. J Robson
I first discovered and devoured this book 10 years ago, when it was first released. This year, the authors updated and re-released the book, so I'm reading it all over again.

The book is a thorough look at the explosion of popular Canadian musicians between 1985 to 1995. It was a very fertile and creative time for Canadian music, and many of the artists that we still revere today got their start during the period, including The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Sloan, Barenaked Ladies, etc. Those bigge
I turned 12 in 1985 so the time period covered in this book is pretty much exactly when I was discovering music I liked, not what the radio and my parents forced me to listen to. It was super interesting for me to read all about the origins and careers of bands I grew up with. Some I loved; some not so much but they were all important in some way or another. There is a LOT of information in this book. I feel like I could now kick serious ass at a trivia night related to Canadian indie music if s ...more
Basically my musical upbringing.
Jamison Spencer
Wow. This is a massive book, covering ten years (85-95) in Canadian rick. I LOVED it. I read so many rock books and watch so many rock documentaries that it often feels like I've heard all the stories, but I had never even heard of 75% of the bands in this book. Hundreds of great little stories, and lots of new bands cds for me to hunt down.
Michael Grasso
I was trying to decide whether to go four or five stars on this, but the final chapter on the Hip put it solidly in five-star range. I will concede I didn't know about 75% of the bands in this book but the whole thing was just so evocative of its time and place that it didn't end up mattering at all. Highly, HIGHLY recommended.
I would recommend this book to any music fan, not specifically Canadian music fans, but growing up in Canada, and knowing a lot of the music was an added bonus while reading. My favourite part is still in the Blue Rodeo chapter, when Cleave Anderson decided he was going to leave the band to keep his job as a postal carrier. . .
Reads like a collection of "the true story of..." articles published by one of those free alt-weeklies mags funded through x-rated ads; regardless, it is still the only account of a fascinating time of cultural change in Canada
Dan Awesome
So great, especially as a fan of the music from that time and having grown up in southern Ontario. This book reflects the scene and the importance of various players (Change of Heart especially) in a way that most reports do not.
Thirteen years old and watching Sook-Yin Lee's Eyeball Theatre on The Wedge.

Could someone please put up the video for "All Right Tokyo!" by The Primrods?
Currently editing the updated edition of this completely absorbing history of a decade of Canadian music! Books like this one make me love my job.
Have to reread this one.
I took my time with this because I didn't want it to end! I initially picked up this book because it was the only thing out there that had any history on Alex Soria and the Nils. I never realized though, how much Canadian music I loved and have in my collection. The Modernettes, No Means No, New Pornographers, were just bands I liked regardless of their location. I've always had a love for Canada that I can't explain. This book is the best trip you can take across Canada and back whether you are ...more
I read this at a time when I was absolutely OBSESSED with the Canadian rock music scene and well, everything else Canada for that matter. I had heard about this book after a profile on a MuchMusic show and decided that I needed own it once I found out there was a whole section about the band Sloan (and the Halifax music scene at that time). I really enjoyed this book and learned more than I ever thought I wanted to know about the music scene there, and also got introduced to some other bands I w ...more
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