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By Bernie Finkelstein

One of many all-time greats in Canadian song recounts his lifestyles and instances within the enterprise from the Nineteen Sixties to the current. even if performing as a manufacturer, checklist label proprietor, or supervisor of significant singer/songwriters and bands, Bernie Finkelstein, recipient of the 2006 Juno particular success Award, has performed a pivotal position in bringing nice Canadian track to the remainder of the world.
 
Bernie Finkelstein has been a in demand determine within the Canadian song for almost 5 many years. Now, a pair years after promoting his cherished precise North label and only in the near past stepping down from his function at MuchFACT, which has given out greater than $63 million in provides to Grammy-winning acts like Sarah McLachlan, Nelly Furtado and Arcade hearth, Bernie is ultimately able to speak. during this wildly wonderful and outspoken memoir, the manufacturer, label proprietor, and artist supervisor opens up approximately his adolescence, breaking into the Greenwich Village scene with The Paupers at age 19, getting to know Bruce Cockburn, generating the "loudest band within the world," Kensington industry, handling and generating Murray McLauchlan, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, and tough exchange, winning 40 Junos, and masses extra.

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Yet issues within the track enterprise are by no means trouble-free. It’s now not a company for the faint of middle. (Have I already informed you that? ) particularly distressing issues occurred nearly concurrently. First, Brazilian George served me with a lawsuit declaring he was once my criminal companion. moment, the tax division claimed that Fiedler owed an important sum of money in unpaid taxes. I needed to movement speedy to choose what to do less than those remarkable situations. I neglected no matter what warning I had left in me and went ahead with the take care of Bernie. I keep in mind considering correct when we signed our agreement that I wasn’t particularly definite even if Bernie and that i had develop into companions or no matter if the govt of Canada and Brazilian George had simply develop into companions. both method, issues have been altering once more and that i leapt into the void. I by no means as soon as regretted the choice to affix forces with Fiedler, even though we had our percentage of stormy occasions ahead of our partnership resulted in 1982. however it used to be an excellent ten-year run. one of many issues that got here up shortly used to be that Bernie used to be now not able to come back up with the whole 10000. I took 5 with a promise to obtain the opposite part later. I by no means did get the opposite 5 yet that was once my selection. I enable Bernie off the hook at some point after we have been enjoying chess in our workplace. by means of then it didn’t subject a lot to me as issues have been relocating alongside particularly well. Our administration corporation was once referred to as Finkelstein-Fiedler and our first consumers have been Bruce and Murray. the very first thing we did used to be take Murray to manhattan for conferences with CBS. Our plan used to be to complete the paintings I had begun with them, particularly discovering a manufacturer for Murray’s subsequent album. till then, I didn’t have a freelance with Murray, yet Fiedler sought after our new corporation to have one and that i may see the way it used to be a prudent flow. even if the main points have been labored out and authorized via Murray earlier than we left Toronto, manhattan was once the 1st chance we needed to be jointly, so we signed the agreement at a pharmacy in ny, the place we had it notarized. (It used to be commonplace for pharmacists to be notary publics in long island. ) the pharmacy used to be simply round the nook from the Russian Tea Room, the place we have been to have lunch with the 3 senior executives from CBS, Walter Yetnikoff, Ron Alexenburg, and Don Ellis. at the moment in my existence, the Tea Room was once the most appealing eating places I had ever been in. I enjoyed it. The decor used to be fantastic and the nutrition used to be nice. for a few years, if I occurred to be in long island on a Wednesday, i might pass there for lunch, because it was once the one day of the week that the eating place served pelmeni, a Russian delicacy. Pelmeni, Russian Tea Room–style, are little dumplings served in a chook broth into which a liberal dollop of bitter cream and mustard were mixed. For my cash, this is often one of many nice dishes on this planet. yet pelmeni wasn’t the single factor cooking at lunch that day. We were kicking round the proposal of hiring Ed Freeman to supply Murray’s album and now the assumption appeared even greater, seeing as how Ed had simply produced Don McLean’s “American Pie,” a unmarried that were #1 within the U.

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