The fascinating career of renaissance man Bill King (pictured), Doug Chappell and Denise Jones are remembered, and The Band’s Stage Fright gets a deluxe reissue. Also in the headlines are Brian Edwards, the Juno statuette, the CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge, The Slocan Ramblers, Blinker The Star, Merck Mercuriadis, Tencent, Concord, Bad Bunny, Jose Feliciano, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Billie Eilish, and Robert Johnson.
The musical renaissance man has just published a must-read memoir of his life in ‘60s America. He explains that “in writing the book I wanted to share with the reader the joy of discovery, how music plays a central role in conditioning the heart and soul and take you back when times were freer and police, rednecks and hardhats kicked us around like we were alien garbage.”
For most of us, we first heard of the coronavirus through the quarantining of the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama in February 202
The past nine months have felt like graduate school except this time we’re not skipping classes! There is a path forward and a way out of this economic and human catastrophe. Patience, knowledge, science, and faith…. Be safe!
Bill King is a modern-day Renaissance man: photographer, musical arranger, music producer, songwriter, performer, impresario, author, journalist, columnist, broadcaster, and now a memoirist. His story is one of being in the right place at the right time, and he’s played with the best. He has just published his memoir.
Our intrepid correspondent reflects upon the pandemic blues faced by musicians, life on the road, and gigs from long ago, and offers an excerpt from his upcoming book about the ‘60s.
The self-published 434-page anthology compiles 72 of his interviews into Volume 1 with first-person stories old and new provided by Andy Kim, Jim Cuddy, Randy Bachman, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jann Arden, Diana Krall, Bif Naked, Bruce Cockburn, Oscar Peterson, Frank Mills and Jeff Healey.
SaskMusic sets up a fund in the wake of COVID-19. Lennon Stella (pictured) releases a new single, and Bill King publishes a book of his insightful interviews. Others in the news include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Austin scene, Ellen Davidson, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Lou Canon, and farewell Genesis P-Orridge.
Oscar Peterson (pictured) and D.O.A. earn the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designation, ren signs to Geffen, and Johnny Orlando and Shawn Mendes earn EMAs. Also making news are CMTF, Bill King, SATE, Brad Machry, Neil Young, Indie Week, Gord Bamford, Aphrose, Hilario Duran, and farewell Kelley Looney. With video.
Dallas Smith and Billy Ray Cyrus (pictured) are co-hosting the 2019 CCMA Awards. Smith is up for four awards, including Entertainer of the Year.
A recent sight in a Montreal hotel lobby induced fond reflections upon an era of precarious internet access in Caribbean countries.