True North by Bernie Finkelstein


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Finkelstein takes readers on a fascinating tour inside his career and his professional relationships
-CTV News


One of the all-time greats in Canadian music recounts his life and times in the business from the 1960s to the present. Whether acting as a producer, record label owner, or manager of great singer/songwriters and bands, Bernie Finkelstein, recipient of the 2006 Juno Special Achievement Award, has played a pivotal role in bringing great Canadian music to the rest of the world.
Bernie Finkelstein has been a prominent figure in the Canadian music industry for nearly five decades. Now, a couple years after selling his beloved True North label and only recently stepping down from his role at MuchFACT, which has given out more than $63 million in grants to Grammy-winning acts like Sarah McLachlan, Nelly Furtado and Arcade Fire, Bernie is finally ready to talk. In this wildly entertaining and outspoken memoir, the producer, label owner, and artist manager opens up about his childhood, breaking into the Greenwich Village scene with The Paupers at age 19, discovering Bruce Cockburn, producing the "loudest band in the world," Kensington Market, managing and producing Murray McLauchlan, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, and Rough Trade, winning 40 Junos, and much more.

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About Bernie Finkelstein

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BERNIE FINKELSTEIN has been a prominent figure in the Canadian music industry for over 40 years. In 1969, Bernie founded True North Records (now Canada's oldest and longest-running indie record label) and The Finkelstein Management Company. Since its inception, the label has sold more than 40 gold and platinum records and received more than 40 Junos. Throughout his career, Bernie has been known for nurturing and managing career artists including Murray McLauchlan, Barney Bentall, Dan Hill, and Blackie & The Rodeo Kings. Bernie is also still active as the manager of legendary Canadian artist Bruce Cockburn. In 1984, Bernie co-founded MuchFACT, a fund backed by MuchMusic and MuchMore that provides grants to Canadian artists like Arcade Fire, Sarah McLachlan, Nelly Furtado, and k-os. He is a member of the Order of Canada, and an inductee of the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.
Published April 17, 2012 by McClelland & Stewart. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Business & Economics, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Brian Johnson on Apr 23 2012

A true Canadian, he lets his failures shine as brightly as his triumphs.

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Winnipeg Free Press

Below average
Reviewed by Douglas Johnston on May 12 2012

As a memoirist he frequently fails to convey the joy and excitement of delivering the music.

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Reviewed by David Kidney on May 13 2012

His stories are classic, and, told in his own voice, they make for a quick, riveting read.

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CTV News

Apr 18 2012

Finkelstein takes readers on a fascinating tour inside his career and his professional relationships

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Cashbox Magazine Canada

Reviewed by Sandy Graham on Apr 13 2012

After decades in the business, Bernie Finkelstein still has ‘it’, now as an author of a great book. . .

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Folk Roots/Folk Branches

Reviewed by Mike Regenstreif on Jun 08 2012

. . .what comes through loud and clear in the memoir is that. . . Finkelstein has always been motivated, first and foremost, by his passion for the music and for the artists who make it.

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