For a long time in the history of rock Canada was the “what’is’name, the forgotten second cousin, the one last picked for the baseball team, forever standing in the shadows of the Brits and the Americans. Despite that Canada has always punched above its weight class on the rock stage. Want proof? Pick up a book called The History of Canadian Rock’n’Roll. Lyrically written, crammed full of stats and facts and anecdotes, it’s a fascinating journey that chronicles the birth of rock and throws a bright hot spotlight on not just Canadian superstars but unsung and local heroes whose contribution has not yet been recognized. From Alanis to The Zanzibar; from Bachman-Turner Overdrive to the Tragically Hip, it’s an important book for Canadian music fans. The History of Canadian Rock’n’Roll by Bob Mersereau (with a forward by Neil Peart of Rush) is published by Backbeat Books.