Tom Harrison’s History of Vancouver Rock ’n’ Roll


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, Sarah McLachlan, Nickelback and Michael Buble - No. 1 stars all - the history of Vancouver rock 'n' roll is their story and the story of countless others.
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About the author

While still in his teens, Tom Harrison moved with his family from Winnipeg to North Vancouver, just in time to see the shift in Vancouver from rhythm and blues to a hippie counterculture, and the birth of a music industry. As a writer for the Georgia Straight from 1974-1978, his love of rock 'n' roll steered the "hippie rag" toward more music coverage and made him aware of a growing but frustrated music scene. In 1979, he was hired by The Province newspaper on the recommendation of its first rock music critic, Jeani Read. He's been planted there like a great Buddha ever since.

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