True North: A Life Inside the Music Business

By Bernie Finkelstein

One of many all-time greats in Canadian track recounts his existence and instances within the enterprise from the Sixties to the current. even if performing as a manufacturer, checklist label proprietor, or supervisor of significant singer/songwriters and bands, Bernie Finkelstein, recipient of the 2006 Juno precise fulfillment Award, has performed a pivotal position in bringing nice Canadian tune to the remainder of the world.
Bernie Finkelstein has been a famous determine within the Canadian track for almost 5 many years. Now, a pair years after promoting his liked precise North label and only in the near past stepping down from his position at MuchFACT, which has given out greater than $63 million in delivers to Grammy-winning acts like Sarah McLachlan, Nelly Furtado and Arcade hearth, Bernie is ultimately able to speak. during this wildly enjoyable and outspoken memoir, the manufacturer, label proprietor, and artist supervisor opens up approximately his adolescence, breaking into the Greenwich Village scene with The Paupers at age 19, learning Bruce Cockburn, generating the "loudest band within the world," Kensington marketplace, handling and generating Murray McLauchlan, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, and tough alternate, winning 40 Junos, and masses extra.

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Those have been simply simple outdated coaches, the type that Greyhound makes use of to maneuver travelers from city to city. nonetheless, any type of bus beat crowding right into a number of autos – the type of transportation I had turn into familiar with when you consider that stepping into song administration. within the sixties, it wasn’t strange for the individuals of a band to squeeze right into a station wagon, jam a number of amps and tools within the again, trip from Toronto to Ottawa to play a gig, after which force domestic a similar evening. So for the complete journey, every day, i might watch the Everly Brothers pass their separate methods, then each one night hit the level, provide one another an immense hug, and continue to play essentially the most outstanding songs ever recorded. Their harmonies, which had even inspired the Beatles, gave me and the viewers goosebumps each evening. The exhibits have been magic, and the truth that they made it onto the level each one evening with out killing one another was once much more awesome. The pianist within the Everlys’ band was once Warren Zevon, an exceptional songwriter who could pass directly to have his personal solo occupation and an enormous hit unmarried with “Werewolves of London. ” Murray and Warren grew to become quick pals through the travel. Warren enjoyed Murray’s music “Honky Red,” and Murray used to be very keen on Zevon’s “Carmelita. ” They agreed that once that they had the chance, each one could list the other’s music. A 12 months later Murray recorded “Carmelita” on his self-titled album, and so far as i do know he was once the 1st performer of any stature to checklist a canopy of 1 of Warren’s songs. Warren by no means recorded “Honky Red,” yet I did have the excitement of listening to him play it at the travel. throughout the time that I employed Shelly Siegel and Murray joined the Everly Brothers’ journey, i began wondering Murray’s moment album. CBS within the U. S. had an alternative on Murray, with the suitable to unencumber his subsequent album there as a part of precise North’s care for CBS Canada. i presumed he had the ideal stuff to make it in the USA and that i was firm to offer it my most sensible shot. i began to place great strain on CBS Canada to dwell as much as the choice I had given them and so they replied. With their aid I obtained involved with Epic files, the yankee label within the CBS relatives that used to be frequently used to unlock non-domestic acts. I had conferences with Walter Yetnikoff, head of CBS overseas; Ron Alexenburg, head of Epic; and Don Ellis, vice chairman of A & R. All 3 appeared able to paintings with us. the most subject of dialog was once settling on a manufacturer for the recent checklist. My objective was once to make the yank corporation part of the method so it wouldn’t suppose like we have been simply losing a complete checklist on their already complete laps. not anything have been determined yet we have been good sooner than the sport, seeing how Murray wasn’t fairly able to commence recording as a minimum. sooner or later now not lengthy after the Everly Brothers travel had comprehensive, I obtained a decision from Shelly. From a prison in Vancouver. He’d been busted for marijuana ownership. In these days, should you had greater than a unmarried joint the police may cost you with trafficking, and that used to be what they have been going to do to Shelly.

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