Music From Far And Wide – Celebrating 40 Years Of The Junos
This book is a pretty fun history of Canada’s version of the Grammys. There are funny moments galore, like Jim Cuddy, in his introduction, calling Anne Murray “sexy-like-your-math-teacher.” I’m sure she loved that. And who can forget Alanis in a body suit with ridiculously large, fake pasted-on nipples and pubic hair. There have been fails, like Brent Butt in a KISS outfit, and k-os making poorly-timed comments out of context, despite an otherwise decent performance.
The real gems in this book, though, are the pictures from back in the day, the ones that accompany the story of how it all started. There’s Pierre Juneau, and not long after there’s Gordon Lightfoot, Stompin’ Tom… all the musical luminaries that were the best this country had to offer. After all, what this book is really about is how an industry was born in a country that didn’t really have one, as we know it, and charting its growth over forty years of quintessentially Canuck (read: slightly odd) behaviour and, ultimately, a whole lot of great music.
It’s a worthwhile read, and even just fun to sit and flip though, if you’re not into reading every word. Each page has something that catches your eye. Recommended. Especially if you care about music in this country. And if you don’t, you should.