lost history

The book isn’t so much lost as it is stalled.While still working for The Province, I was asked to write a book about the history of Vancouver rock and roll. Asked might not be appropriate. When The Province asks you to do something, it really means you are being...

An evening with David Crosby

If it’s true that cats have nine lives, that cat David Crosby should be on eight or nine.He is the leonine figure of Crosby, Stills And Nash from 1968 and was the cat among the canaries, sorry, with The Byrds from 1964. He’s 79 this year and lived through...

wizard brothers

Barry Greenfield is a Beatles afficionado so he’ll understand when I say that Paul McCartney needed John Lennon and Lennon needed McCartney. They completed each other just by one another’s character imposing itself. So, it seems, with the Wizard Brothers, ...

the good, the bad, and the banjo

After a glitch of some kind, the EP arrived in the mail and I finally got to hear The Good the Bad and the Banjo’s official EP. We’ll say the two month delay was because of the tumult at the post office created by covid- 19 and let that be the excuse....

chilliwack and led zeppelin

As I listened to all my Vancouver rock albums up until CDs took over, it was inevitable that I heard all of of the Chilliwak albums up to Look In Look Out and the three Collectors albums before it. A live CD of a reconstituted Chilliwack came much later. I...

zombie roof

I’ve always liked Zombie Roof, but I’m always surprised that, after 30 years, to learn the Squamish-based trio still exists. Until Somewhere in America, I had no contact with the band for about 20 years. As the liner note inside Somewhere In America makes...

The Authentics

THE AUTHENTICS The Authentics EP is and isn’t what you might expect. You might be expecting a bunch of veterans of 70s hit bands from Vancouver – such as Sweeney Todd – which is how they were presented. They were there, had a few years of fame and...

graeme emmott on his own

I’m not certain of how we met, but I think it happened this way. “Are you Tom Harrison?” he asked. As I had retired from The Province in February 2017 and was thinking I was all but invisible, I wasn’t expecting to be recognized. I told him he...