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Sharp Inks Publishing Deal With Dundurn

Sharp Inks Publishing Deal With Dundurn

Music Express editor in chief Keith Sharp is happy to announce that Dundurn Publishing Company has agreed to publish his Music Express book. The title will be previewed to potential retailers and libraries in Dundurn’s Fall catalogue and will be at retail by early 2014.

“I am totally excited by the news that Dundurn will give my book full national and international exposure,” said Sharp. “It’s been a two-year graft to find the right publisher and full credit to my agent, Arnold Gosewich for being so persistent in finally negotiating a deal for the book.”

Music Express captures all the excitement of those heady days in the mid 70’s and 80’s when Canadian classic rock was at its peak. Launched in October 1976 in Calgary Alberta, Music Express expanded to a Toronto home base in 1980, was picked up as the in store magazine of Minneapolis-based Musicland-Sam Goody in 1986 and was then available in 750 Musicland-Sam Goody stores in the U.S, Canadian distribution via A&A Records and newsstand distribution in Canada, Australia and the UK by Gordon & Gotch and the U.S via Warner Distributing. The magazine’s November 1987 issue enjoyed a one million-copy print run, via (Michael Jackson on the cover) which today is still the largest single print run of any Canadian publication.

Through the pages of Music Express, you will witness the birth of Canadian artists like Rush, Triumph, Bryan Adams, Loverboy, April Wine, Trooper and many more. You will travel to East Berlin with Bryan Adams, West Germany with Kiss and Helix, Holland with Honeymoon Suite, Australia with David Bowie, Russia with Big Country and Poland with Iron Maiden. “There’s lots of great stories and anecdotes plus some great photography by the likes of Dimo Safari, Dee Lippingwell, Charles Hope, Ian Mark, Phil Regendanz and Ted Van Boort,” noted Sharp. “This book captures a magical time in Canadian music and most of these artists are still alive today!”

The book will be edited by Dundurn’s Allister Thompson who used to star as lead guitarist for heavy metal band Crash Kelly. “I think we interviewed him once for our Metallion book,”noted Sharp.

One problem though. The book was originally titled Music Express: The Rise And Fall Of A Canadian Music Icon. “But since we have relaunched Music Express as a digital magazine and we are enjoying a great deal of success with the relaunch, we might have to rejig the book title,” noted Sharp.

Advance orders at a discounted rate are available through the digital magazine. Watch out for further information plus excerpts from the book which are currently running in themusicexpress.ca.

 

Music Express: The Rise and Fall of a Canadian Music Icon

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4 thoughts on “Sharp Inks Publishing Deal With Dundurn

  1. Congratulations Keith…

    It will be a great read because it comes from the right place…
    It will have it’s place in Canadian Music history, as you already do.

  2. Brian Stanko

    Congratulations Keith!

    Looking forward to reading and reliving those heady days when music was king.

    Cheers.

  3. Brian Rabey

    Congrats Keith. I heard about your deal from Kerry and that you were relaunching ME, so remembering 31 years ago I had never written for a magazine, that ME was my first position as a columnist and 60 magazines have published my work since, we also share the book deal situation as my book on Jethro Tull will be out shortly, so please get in touch, my years with ME were great as they started something other than what I was going to do as I got the position the day I finished university, so you may have saved me from a life of wealth and affluence, but it would be good to be in touch and have a chat about books and the good old days of the ’80s and possibly renewing connection with the reborn ME. Congrats Keith.

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