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Whispering Pines

The Northern Roots of American Music...from Hank Snow to The "Band"

By Jason Schneider

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Format: Hardback, 347 pages
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: Canada, 12 August 2009
The first comprehensive history of Canada's immense songwriting legacy, from Gordon Lightfoot to Joni Mitchell. Examining both well-known and lesser-known artists, Whispering Pines shows how a distinctly Canadian musical identity was created from the 1930s to the 1970s. Anecdotes explaining the personal and creative connections that many of the artists share comprise a large aspect of the storytelling, along with first-person interviews and extensive research.

About the Author

Jason Schneider is one of Canada's most respected music journalists whose work regularly appears in "Exclaim! "magazine. He is the coauthor of "Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance""1985-1995 "and the author of "3,000 Miles." He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.


[Schneider's] study is sure to become a key piece in the survey of popular music history . . . Schneider beautifully weaves in the complicated relationships, both professional and personal, of the various artists who have come to define the sound of 20th-century American popular music (yes, American). --"Publishers Weekly" "The first comprehensive book, long overdue, on Canadians' impact on contemporary American pop music . . . This is a refreshing addition to pop-music literature as well as to the often neglected-by-Americans corpus of Canadiana." --Booklist Online ""Whispering Pines" is a busy, striving survey, a latticework of cultural history, microbiography and music journalism . . . Schneider's delivery is that kind of chatty, energetic rock journalism of the old-time variety." --"The Globe and Mail" "A fine piece of writing that condenses and contextualizes five decades of music into an entertaining and thoughtful document . . . Jason Schneider offers a concise, brilliantly organized and original take on Canadian cultural influence." --"Literary Review of Canada" "Schneider's collection of stories puts a fresh spin on Canadian artists whose lives and accomplishments haven't lacked for media coverage and analysis." --"Edmonton Journal" "It is clear [Schneider] knows his subject, and the book is a treasure trove of trivia." --"Winnipeg Free Press" ""Whispering Pines" works not just as approachable one-stop-shopping for those with a passing interest in the subject[s], but as a long overdue contextual framework for the tenants in this country's tower of song." "Schneider presents a thoughtfully researched history and analysis of Canadian songwriters, their geographical and social origins and their career paths." --"Canadian Geographic"

EAN: 9781550228748
ISBN: 1550228749
Publisher: ECW Press,Canada
Dimensions: 23.37 x 16 x 2.92 centimetres (0.69 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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