These books give insight into arguably the most ubiquitous art form, music, from those with a front seat to its tales and mythology. They include entertaining, anecdotal glimpses into Canadian pop music’s golden era; interviews and rare photographs on punk rock; Black music as an aesthetic and social force, indie musicians’ war and touring stories; multi-faceted investigations into the medium of music; in-depth autobiographies and biographies and a hilarious semi-fictious novel set at the Calgary Folk Music Festival.
Kerry Clarke grew up in a musical family, with a mom who plays marimba and organ. Although she took guitar and piano lessons as a kid and spent some time on the skins in an all-female lo-fi band, she’s more at home on the other side of the stage in a curation role. Community radio was her entry into the independent music world some 35 years ago. She’s the artistic director of the 43 year ‘post-folk’ summer Calgary Folk Music Festival, plus programs February’s Block Heater and an off-season concert series. She’s on several non-profit arts boards, has served on many local and national arts juries, co-founded Rwanda’s KigaliUp festival, and produces/hosts weekly radio programs on CKUA and CJSW whenever she’s not traveling to conferences and festivals to see music from a vast range of genres.