The history of Vancouver rock ‘n’ roll is populated by pioneers, visionaries and mavericks. Many of those work(ed) behind the scenes. The musical talent always has always been here, but not the infrastructure (managers, producers, independent labels) needed. While musicians plugged away, learning what they needed to succeed, the support formed. Music and business merged and went out in the world as a symbiotic relationship. There was trial and error but eventually a music industry was created.
From The Poppy Family to BTO, Bryan Adams to Sarah McLachlan, Nickelback to Michael Buble — No. 1 stars all — the history of Vancouver rock ’n’ roll is their story and the story of countless others.
My History of Vancouver Rock ’n’ Roll, available now in ebook format, looks at the pioneers, visionaries and mavericks who got the local recording industry off the ground and turned it into a music hotbed with international stars and producers.
It features new interviews with such performers as Adams, McLachlan, Terry Jacks, Al Harlow and Mike Reno, DJs Red Robinson and Terry David Mulligan, managers Bruce Allen and Sam Feldman, and producers Bob Rock and Mike Fraser.