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Product Details

  • Paperback: 739 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press; Second Edition, Second edition edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550229923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550229929
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,656,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Barclay, Jack and Schneider are all musicians and write about Canadian music from the inside. They survey the music from the perspective of informed fans, as opposed to dispassionate critics, and they do it with energy, enthusiasm and devotion." —Waterloo Record (June 25, 2011)


"There is, without a doubt, no better book on the rise of popular Canadian music in the 1980s and 90s than Have Not Been The Same. . . . [It] tells the story of a country learning to love the sound of its own voice. Recommended." —Scene (July 14, 2011)


"Maybe it's American egotism that makes us treat Canada like our toque-sportin' retarded cousin who on occasion says or does something cool or funny. Fact is, if we paid enough attention, we'd see that the poor little hoser has quite a lot to say, and most of it's insightful and stimulating. Hell, the spaz may only have ADD or something." —www.Blurt-Online.com

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An astoundingly comprehensive discussion of the greatest decade of Canadian music. "Have Not Been The Same" captures the spirit of Canadian rock from 1985 to 1995, a time when it became cool to be Canadian. Indie labels flourished, campus radio exploded, MuchMusic changed the way we look at our music, major labels tapped into the underground, and an exciting new generation of artists created a new canon of CanRock that altered the musical landscape for generations to come. Bands like The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, and Sloan created a fever pitch for Canadian music, but there were also numerous others in the underground who created equally exciting work. Have Not Been The Same is a vital, lively, and entertaining examination of this groundbreaking decade, with vivid original photographs and interviews with all the major players. It's a must-read for any fan of Canadian music. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sooley on June 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is quite brilliant, Michael Barclay along with Ian A.D Jack and Jason Schneider have put together an amazing book which looks at various Canadian musicians between 1985-1995. I found this book great because it sort of shined light on a lot of amazing bands and individual musicians throughout this era that didn't have a source detailing their history, influence etc.
Being a big fan of Halifax bands as well (sloan, thrush hermit, etc.) I was very happy when i saw that the halifax scene or "underground" was given a very detailed account.
The histories of several bands were given full chapters such as The tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo and Sloan. The punk music scene in Western Canada was also given a spotlight. All-in-all any music fan would love this! I definetly do!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Bratcher on June 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
The bible on Canadian Rock is reverently written, and interesting through and through, chock full of fascinating information and in depth looks at the finest of the CanRock scene, including the oft-overlooked Sloan. Well worth reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Son of Spam on November 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
It seems the previous reviewer hasn't even read the book. Or if he has, he's completely misunderstood the premise of it.

Yes, it's true that music from the United States or Britain was more "popular" (and ergo, a bigger part of people's so-called "life changing" experiences). But so much of the music and many of the musicians presented in this book were underground (a claim that even their American or British counterparts would find difficult to make).

And that's actually the beauty of it. As I'm reading this tome, I find myself searching out CD's by the artists (none of whom, or very very few of whom are available via retail stores). It's part of an enjoyable journey: to read about interesting musicians and interesting music, and searching for the very same music via alternative (excuse the pun, lol!) methods, ie: via the Internet. Some of the musicians have moved on to other stages in their lives (some becoming national politicians) and I've even been able to contact them to get a copy of their releases.

So don't buy this book if you have a national chip on your shoulder. If you want to read about popular artists from the 70's/80's/90's, go pick up an unauthorized biography of the Sex Pistols/Duran Duran/Nirvana at your local library. But if you want to delve deeper, into the music that was bubbling just under the surface, buy this book. You will not be disappointed.
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By Gordo on July 29, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is an excellent read. I thought it would sit on my shelf as a reference but once I started reading it I was taken back to the good old days and it was a great trip. Of course it can't hurt to have Weeping Tile at your book launch. I recommend this book.
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1 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kuice Cronth on September 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is definitely for provincial Canucks who are cheerleaders for our music scene. Face the facts, people---number one: nobody cares about Canadian music; number two: it sucks balls in comparison with the life-changing ear nectar that has come out of the US and UK.

You really have to ask the writers of this book---why ever did you bother?
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