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Christopher Ward – Is This Live?: Inside The Wild Early Years Of Much Music: The Nation’s Music Station

NB: I would say this post ties nicely with brother Lebrain’s current, ongoing VHS Archives upload series.

“Greetings, Limitoids.”*

This is a fascinating tale about a bunch of folks fearlessly figuring out how to do things on the fly, operating on gut instinct and little money, trusting in themselves and each other and, ultimately, piecing together a national treasure. The early days of Much Music were fun times, indeed. 

Found in these pages is an oral history, as told by many of the players in the tale, and containing so many bands and stars too, and it’s a damn good read. There’s even a forward by Mike Myers. Ah, nostalgia for the good old days.

I learned a helluva lot, reading this, and you will too. In fact, this is essential reading. Thank you, Mr. Ward!


*  “These were my first words out of the opening that Michael had cut to Eddy Grant’s ‘Electric Avenue…’ My first interview was with Kim Mitchell, legendary lead singer from Max Webster, who was embarking on a solo career. As the countdown reached five… four… three… Kim shoved his finger about two inches up my nose…” (C. Ward, pg. 6)

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