Rock My World Canada: Canadian Blues Reference & Collectors Guide
Author Mike Carr releases the second installment in his ongoing series. Rock My World Canada: Canadian Blues Reference & Collectors Guide is now available. This issue contains 215 full-colour pages, over 700 artists, and nearly 2800 album covers. It promises coverage of the likes of Kevin Mark, Jack DeKeyzer, Monkeyjunk, Ann Vriend, and more. It also includes lists of blues festivals, societies, record labels, and an autograph page.
Statement from Author Mike Carr
It’s all about the music.
I started this project as my personal commitment to help support Canadian musicians. No matter what genre you favour, we have a vast amount of talent in this country. The goal is for readers to discover something new.
Just like a song can trigger certain memories, I found album covers could do the same.
I remember when I was younger, I could hardly contain my excitement when, after purchasing a new album, I could admire the artwork, review the liner notes, and check out the band credits.
In this digital age, though, it appears album covers have become a lost art.
It’s like going to a record store, without going to a record store!
Series Print Debut Rock My World Canada: Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference & Collectors Guide
In 2018, Carr published the series’ print debut: Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference & Collectors Guide. The book contains over 900 musical acts and upwards of 3,000 album covers.
Quote from Mike Carr
I’m sure there are hundreds of acts that I missed, so please no hate mail
The series is designed as a compilation of the history of each musician or band as shown by the studio album releases and a short biography.
The qualifier for each artist to be listed in the book is they had to have recorded at least one studio album or EP — so no splits, live, or compilations, unless deemed historically significant.
I do not profess to be a writer, so let’s be clear about that. But like most Canadians, I am a music lover and, although I’ve never been a musician, I always felt I missed out on something in my life by not being an active participant in the music community. This is my contribution.