HOLGER PETERSEN BOOK LAUNCH FOR TALKING MUSIC & MONKEYJUNK CD LAUNCH

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 7:30pm
Revival Night Club, 783 College St.
HOLGER PETERSEN BOOK LAUNCH FOR TALKING MUSIC & MONKEYJUNK CD LAUNCH

 

RADIO PERSONALITY HOLGER PETERSEN LAUNCHES “TALKING MUSIC,” A COLLECTION OF MEMORABLE INTERVIEWS WITH ARTISTS AT THE ROOTS OF TODAY’S MUSIC

From Mick Fleetwood to Ike Turner, from Lucinda Williams to Ry Cooder and from Jeff Healey to Bill Wyman, musicians reveal the secrets behind their music and their lives in a new book from Insomniac Press due September 30.

WHO:
CBC Radio personality HOLGER PETERSEN, with MONKEYJUNK and special guests Anders Drerup and Kelly Prescott

WHAT: 
A book launch, an informal interview, a CD launch and two hours of great music.

WHY:
A double celebration to mark the Sept. 30 publication of Petersen’s collection of interviews, Talking Music, by Insomniac Press, and the Toronto launch of To Behold, the new Stony Plain CD by MonkeyJunk. Presented by This is Not a Reading Series (TINARS) 

WHERE:
Revival Night Club, 783 College Street, Toronto

WHEN:
Friday September 30. Doors at 7.30 p.m., event begins at 8.00 p.m.

HOW MUCH:
$17.50. Early arrival is advised.

Holger Petersen wears many hats. He’s hosted CBC Radio’s Saturday Night Blues for 25 years. He’s had a weekly show — Natch’l Blues — on Alberta’s CKUA network for more than 40 years. He’s run Canada’s leading roots music record label, Stony Plain, for 35 years. And along the way, he’s forged friendships with some of the best (and best-known) musicians in the world.

And now he’s created Talking Music, a compilation of 19 in-depth interviews with artists ranging from guitarist Ry Cooder, Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood, gospel star Mavis Staples, Sun Records’ founder Sam Phillips and singers Lucinda Williams, Maria Muldaur and Bonnie Raitt. 

There are final interviews with artists who have left us — Ike Turner, Jeff Healey, Long John Baldry, folklorist Alan Lomax, bluesmen Rosco Gordon and David “Honeyboy Edwards” (who died as the book was being printed) and bandleader Jay McShann.

The book, published by Insomniac Press, will be launched at a special event in Toronto on Friday September 30 at Revival, which will also feature the local launch of To Behold, the new Stony Plain CD by the powerful Ottawa band MonkeyJunk.

For Petersen, who’s been interviewing musicians since he was a teenager, the book is a milestone. “Hopefully, these interviews illuminate the wonderful music these people have made,” he says. “The only difficulty for me was choosing 19 interviews out of the hundreds that I’ve been lucky enough to have.”

Having MonkeyJunk be part of the celebration is a bonus, Petersen added. “This is a band that has become one of the most popular blues-based groups in Canada. 

“They’ve played dozens of festivals this summer,” Petersen said. “The CD has had strong critical support in Canada, the U.S. and in Europe, and this is the first chance they’ve had to play in Toronto since the record was released in May.”

 

For further information, interview arrangements, high-res photographs, contact:
Richard Flohil/Stony Plain Records  416 351-1323 rflohil@sympatico.ca

Anna Withrow/This is Not a Reading Series (TINARS) 
416 516-2174   awithrow@rogers.com

Gillian Urbankiewicz/Insomniac Press
416 407-1769    books@insomniacpress.com