This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s - Part. 1 of 2

August 27 at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT), DOC ZONE

This Beat Goes On chronicles a jukebox full of Canadian classics from Gordon Lightfoot’s “Sundown” to Troopers “Raise a Little Hell”.  Narrated by Jian Ghomeshi of CBC Radio’s Q, the documentary is a combination of rare archival footage and candid interview clips with artists from the time, such as Randy Bachman and Danny Marks, as well as interviews with current Canadian artists Serena Ryder and Sam Roberts. The first hour focuses on the formative years: a time of shag hair, bellbottoms and chart-topping sounds of folk singers, blues artists and heavy metal rockers like Prism and Bachman-Turner Overdrive. The decade starts out on a controversial note, with a government ruling forcing radio stations to play 30 per cent Canadian content. But the ruling soon pays dividends, laying the groundwork for the incredible rock ‘n’ roll era that was the 70s. And, the Juno Awards, launched under that name in 1971, create a star system for Canadian musicians who rock audiences and the charts from coast-to-coast.

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