Academic journal article MEIEA Journal

True North: A Life in the Music Business

Academic journal article MEIEA Journal

True North: A Life in the Music Business

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Bernie Finkelstein. True North: A Life In The Music Business. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Ltd., 2012. www.mcclelland.com.

I always marvel at how little Americans know about Canada. Finkelstein himself is low-key on this subject. One of his amusing comments in the book, discussing the Bruce Cockbum song Call It Democracy that was banned on U.S. radio, Finkelstein says "I have always said that when a song is banned in the U.S. it gets noticed, but when it's banned in Canada, it stays unknown. Another way to put this is to say that Canadians are very good at sweeping things under the carpet, while Americans are very good at selling the carpets."

Finkelstein is high school dropout who has had a long career as a personal manager, and owner of the Canadian label True North. Along the way he bluffed his way into major label record deals in America for his artist, co-managed a Canadian band called the Paupers with the fabled Albert Grossman, and has managed innovative Canadian artist Bruce Cockbum (a relationship that has lasted over forty years, without a written contract). …

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