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

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Capturing the 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 li ...more
Paperback, 650 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by ECW Press
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Mr. J Robson
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, scott
Basically my musical upbringing.
Amanda Mitchell
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of Canadian indie rock, and this book was like visiting with old friends. From the opening comments about how fabulous the Rheostatics are (which is so true) to stories behind the role of CanCon rules, CFNY and college radio at shaping the scene, to the rise of all the Canadian bands I love, it was a joy to read. One of those books I couldn't stop talking about. Now I want to read a sequel to this story.
Ellen Worling
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I picked this up to read as it was mentioned in many of the recent articles on Gord Downie. Parts of it were really interesting, the background on several of my fav bands was great. Other parts were virtually unreadable and I skipped huge parts.
Sadie Ruin
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, non-fiction
While there were several bands I would have liked to read more about and some I could have lived with less of, it ended up being a really good book dedicated to Canadian music of the time.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, music
Kind of funny to discover this book as Slow is preparing their comeback. Great read especially if you were into Canadian indie rock in the 80s and 90s.
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
Jamison Spencer
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Brad Abraham
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of Canadian alternative and indie rock bands circa 1985-1995 this book is essential reading. Lots of information about the bands, the personalities, and even loads of detail on the origins of Much Music. Even if you weren't "there" like I was, you'll still find lots to like. But be sure to get the updated and expanded edition published in 2010.
Michael Grasso
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern
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.
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. . .
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed, oh-canada, 2005
Have to reread this one.
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
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