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...

12 Step Program Book

At last, some recognition for Bob Jansen. Too bad he’s dead. Never heard of Bob Jansen? He wrote 12 Step Program; that you must have heard. Every band of the 60s used to do it. That and Louie Louie and Gloria. Every band. It didn’t matter if the band was playing a...

12 Step Program expanded

12 Step Program Chapter One At last, some recognition for Bob Jansen. Too bad he’s dead. Never heard of Bob Jansen? He wrote 12 Step Program; that you must have heard. Every band of the 60s used to do it. That and Louie Louie and Gloria. Every band. It didn’t matter...

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...

Matlen Starsley Band: Rollin’ Again

Although I’ve played this album several times, I haven’t been able to shake my first impression. As it played, I kept hearing the Atlanta Rhythm Section, that kind of easy-rolling groove of so much southern rock as typified by ARS. The vocals, by Dennis...

steve jensen/lower back pin

Calling Lower Back Pain’s first album “no frills” doesn’t just describe the packaging but the music as well. The album, Picnic On The Moon. doesn’t list who is in the band, where it was recorded and who produced, if anyone. From listening...

12 Step Program, book

12 Step Program Chapter One At last, some recognition for Bob Jansen. Too bad he’s dead. Never heard of Bob Jansen? He wrote 12 Step Program; that you must have heard. Every band of the 60s used to do it. That and Louie Louie and Gloria. Every band. It didn’t matter...

The Tracker: Between The Doing And Dying

THE TRACKER: BETWEEN THE DOING AND DYING I didn’t plan to be a detective. I even don’t know if I could be called a detective. I didn’t take any courses in crime investigation. I don’t have business cards with my contact numbers and a few words about my services. I was...

rock of ages revisited

Rock Of Ages is and isn’t what it seems. It’s of a time, so it isn’t ageless. It’s of a place, so it isn’t transcendent. Yet it is filled with songs that, 40 years later, are still well-loved and remembered; therefore ageless. Rock Of...