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Is This Live?: Inside the Wild Early Years of Muchmusic: The Nation's Music Station - Ward, Christopher
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"A fascinating, moving recollection that celebrates one of the great achievements in Canadian television." Elaine Lui, author of Listen to the Squawking Chicken "Ward celebrates...raw, forward-thinking, multicultural, multigender-produced content by finally freezing it in a compelling book where, occasionally he himself wonders, 'How the hell did we do that?'" The Globe and Mail "What a blast! With a raucous mix of music and personalities, Christopher Ward has compiled the ultimate treasure trove of Canada's 1980s rock scene. Everybody you remember is here. Revealing, entertaining,…mehr

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"A fascinating, moving recollection that celebrates one of the great achievements in Canadian television." Elaine Lui, author of Listen to the Squawking Chicken "Ward celebrates...raw, forward-thinking, multicultural, multigender-produced content by finally freezing it in a compelling book where, occasionally he himself wonders, 'How the hell did we do that?'" The Globe and Mail "What a blast! With a raucous mix of music and personalities, Christopher Ward has compiled the ultimate treasure trove of Canada's 1980s rock scene. Everybody you remember is here. Revealing, entertaining, enlightening and, most all, fun." Will Ferguson From the first Canadian VJ Christopher Ward, Is This Live? captures the pure fun and rock 'n' roll rebellion of the early years of MuchMusic television. On August 31, 1984, the Nation's Music Station launched, breaking ground as the Wild West of Canadian television-live, gloriously unpredictable, seat-of-the-pants TV, delivered fresh daily. The careers of Canadian legends like Blue Rodeo, Corey Hart, Jane Siberry, Bryan Adams, Platinum Blonde, Glass Tiger, Colin James, the Parachute Club, Honeymoon Suite, Barenaked Ladies, Maestro Fresh Wes and Sloan were launched when Much brought them closer to their fans. Much also gave us international acts (Duran, Duran, Tina Turner, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Madonna, Motorhead, Guns N' Roses, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers), and covered the second wave of music activism with events like Live Aid and the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! tour. Ranging from Toronto's iconic studio at 299 Queen Street West, to Vancouver's MuchWest, MuchMusic's programming travelled across Canada and connected the Canadian music scenes in an unprecedented way. The dream child of TV visionary Moses Znaimer, and John Martin, the maverick creator of The New Music, Much was live and largely improvised, and an entire generation of Canadians grew up watching the VJs and embraced the new music that became the video soundtrack of our lives. With stories of the bands, the music, the videos, the specialty shows, the style and the improvisational approach to daily broadcast life at Much, Is This Live? is told by the people who were there-the colourful cast of on-air VJs, the artists who found their way into our living rooms of the nation as never before, and the people behind the cameras. As our tour guide to the first decade at MuchMusic Christopher Ward delivers a full-on dose of pop culture nostalgia from the 1980s and '90s, when the music scene in Canada changed forever.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: RH CANADA
  • Seitenzahl: 336
  • Erscheinungstermin: 25. Oktober 2016
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 251mm x 178mm x 20mm
  • Gewicht: 998g
  • ISBN-13: 9780345810342
  • ISBN-10: 0345810341
  • Artikelnr.: 44541575
Autorenporträt
CHRISTOPHER WARD has written songs for Diana Ross, Hilary Duff, Wynonna Judd, The Backstreet Boys, Tina Arena, Amanda Marshall, Roch Voisine and many others. His best-known song is the worldwide #1 hit for Alannah Myles, "Black Velvet." He received the Juno award for Songwriter of the Year in 1990. In 1984, after a stint in the Second City Touring Company, Ward helped launch MuchMusic as Canada's first VJ. As a songwriter, Ward contributed twenty songs over four seasons to the soundtrack of the hit CTV series Instant Star, as well as writing songs for both Degrassi feature films, the new Degrassi: The Next Class and Cirque du Soleil's show Banana Shpeel. His songs have been performed on Idol shows around the world. The author lives in Toronto, ON, and Los Angeles, CA.
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Contents
Foreword by Mike Myers
Introduction
1. GREETINGS LIMITOIDS
2. DOLLAR-NINETY-EIGHT TV
3. JOHN MARTIN
4. MISTER Z
5. THE VJs
6. THE NEW POPSTARS
7. THE POWER HOUR
8. ROCK ROYALTY
9. THE LOOK
10. THE VJs-TAKE TWO
11. THE VIDEO STARS
12. LIVE AID/LIMITS IN LONDON
13. OH, THE NUTTINESS
14. THE SPECIALTY SHOWS
15. THE YOUNG ROCKERS
16. WORST INTERVIEWS
17. NORTHERN TALES
18. HIT THE ROAD, MUCH
19. THE VJs-THE THIRD WAVE
20. SPECIALTY SHOWS-PART TWO
21. MECCA IN MEMPHIS & BLACK VELVET
22. THE NEW SCHOOL
23. FAVOURITE INTERVIEWS
Conclusion
Acknowledgements
Sources and Image Credits
Index