Harrison Kennedy was born March 9, 1942, in Hamilton, Ontario. It was a close-knit family of aunts and uncles, bootleggers and celebrity visitors that informed him of a grand world beyond. In the Detroit-based band The Chairmen of the Board he had a million-selling single.
The executive director of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame brings a wealth of experience and boundless enthusiasm to the role. In this interview, she looks back on a fascinating career in radio and ahead to ambitious plans for the organisation.
I was relieved when the first break arrives. I slipped into the men’s room and was having a leak when this drunken character walks in and says, “Get the fuck away from the piss pot. I have a score to settle.” He then pulls out a handgun and shoots the urinal dead centre. My ears pop...
"The one thing I’m happy with is there are no lyrical changes. I listen to it, sing it, and yes; I did it right...
A tale of lunacy, drunks, guns, rip-off artists and jack-asses that think they can spin an audience and get paid for it. Wild Bill King rides shotgun for these third-rate actors and not only lives to tell the story but has fourty bucks to show for it. Cool or what?
In 1968, Bill King left his job as MD with Janis Joplin's band to serve ten months in a military uniform, then hitchhiked to Canada with partner Kris to find refuge from the American War. Part two of his epic story.
I left behind the music director seat with Janis Joplin in late 1968, served ten months in a military uniform, then hitchhiked the interstates and backroads of New York state in the dead of fall, endured uncertainty, and eventually found refuge in Canada.
Fifty years for many rock musicians is it! Yet, for us folks who did more observing than actively buying into ‘live fast, die young’ bullshit – music now more than ever colours our lives. Look at us old-timers posting photos, event calendars, posters from the early days of rock.
The internationally successful world music artist was DIY long before it became fashionable. She explores her business philosophy and her support of the Canadian armed forces in this wide-ranging interview.
An interview with "Spike" that knocks the ball right out of the field and shatters the glass protecting Alice.
It is still underway, but Bill King is optimistic that the major renovation job will restore magic to the historic Toronto venue he loved so much.
The fluent Canadian guitarist and composer has earned an international audience with his eclectic brand of world music. He takes an entirely hands-on approach to all aspects of his work, as Bill King discovers in this fascinating chat.