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Maynard on a new DVD/Video?

MF fan and author of a great Japanese Maynard page Yutaka Tsutsumi recently wrote me to tip me off about a new video that includes Maynard. It's called Tower of Song - An Epic Story of Canada and Its Music. The notes about the video indicate that Maynard is one of many Canadian artists featured, and this is the first chance for DVD lovers to get Maynard on DVD! Of course, for those of you who haven't hopped on the digital revolution bandwagon (and shame on you), it's also available on VHS.

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Here is a scan of the cover, along with notes about the video from Amazon. As soon as someone receives their copy, let us know how prominently MF is featured!

Everybody comes from somewhere, and many of the inductees in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame come from some mighty rugged places. Take Anne Murray, product of a mining town where the children would gather at the end of every day to watch their fathers emerge from the bowels of the Earth. Or Hank Snow, whose nearly 40-year-old, career-making hit record "I'm Movin' On," as he says in this chipper documentary about the roots of some 30 Canadian musicians, was a testament to the joys of rattling around one-horse towns in the nation's west.

Tower of Song: An Epic Story of Canada and Its Music has a way of narrowing the fame gap between ordinary folks and the likes of Denny Doherty (lead singer of the Mamas & Papas), jazz great Maynard Ferguson, folk legends Ian and Sylvia, and even the wondrous Joni Mitchell, all of whom are products of the frontier expansiveness, freezing winters, and scattered city lights of the Great White North. The point is that you can't take Canada out of its homegrown artists, and that the thriving music scenes of Toronto, Winnipeg, and elsewhere during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s may be unparalleled in their historic eclecticism and sense of comradeship. Highlights include a highly entertaining history of the Guess Who, whose story is as emblematic of rock & roll transformation as any, and the fascinating careers of doo-wop groups the Crew- Cuts and the Diamonds. And, uh, let's see: some old hippie named Neil Young shows up at the end. --Tom Keogh

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"Tower of Song," a remarkable story set to an extraordinary soundtrack, is a two-hour television special spotlighting the 30 artists currently in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Shot on location across Canada, "Tower of Song" places the artists and their music in the context of their homeland as the camera catches the changing panorama of Canada's vast landscape. An inspiring set of musical portraits created and voiced by the country's greatest singers, songwriters and musicians: Paul Anka, The Band, Lenny Breau, Wilf Carter, David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat and Tears), Leonard Cohen, The Crew Cuts, The Diamonds, Denny Doherty (The Mamas and the Papas), Gil Evans, Maynard Ferguson, Maureen Forrester, The Four Lads, Glenn Gould, The Guess Who, Ian and Sylvia, John Kay (Steppenwolf), Moe Koffman, Gordon Lightfoot, Guy Lombardo, Rob McConnell, Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray, Oscar Peterson, Rush, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Hank Snow, Domenic Troiano, Zal Yanovsky (The Lovin' Spoonful), and Neil Young.

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