Balanced Copyright for Canada

Balanced Copyright for Canada

September 09, 2010 08:00 ET

Rock Legend Randy Bachman Joins Fight Against Online Piracy

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2010) - Balanced Copyright for Canada announced today that one of the founders of Canadian rock 'n' roll, Randy Bachman, has joined its Advisory Board. Balanced Copyright for Canada is a national organization that supports the introduction of Bill C-32, the Copyright Modernization Act, while recognizing that as currently drafted it is flawed and requires amendment.

"We are thrilled that Randy Bachman is joining us in our efforts to advocate for copyright reform in Canada. It's music by artists like Randy that pulls us together from coast to coast, and represents Canada to the world. We need to ensure that Canada is a place where artists' creations are valued so that the next "Randy Bachman" can succeed in this country. Bill C-32 is a good place to begin," said Grant Dexter, President of Maple Music and a Balanced Copyright for Canada Advisory Board member.

Randy Bachman is an iconic Canadian musician. He was one of the organizers of The Guess Who and, later, Bachman Turner Overdrive which saw a string of hits in both Canada and the U.S. A reunion will see a new release from Bachman & Turner this fall with a cross Canada tour planned for 2011.

"Digital online piracy is making it nearly impossible for Canada's emerging artists to make it in what I think is the greatest business in the world – bringing Canadians the music that is our passion!" said Randy Bachman. "It's time that Canadians get behind copyright reform and Bill C-32, to make it a starting point for protecting the future of new Canadian artists as well as the intellectual property of artists who have been enriching Canadians lives for years."

Balanced Copyright for Canada is a coalition of content creators, artists, and rights holders, and people who work in music, movies, video games, books, and software. They believe that Canada needs to move into the digital age on the legislation that governs copyright in this country. For further information, please visit www.BalancedCopyrightforCanada.ca.

Editors Notes

A brief biography of Randy Bachman follows.

Randy Bachman

Randy Bachman is one of the fathers of Canadian rock and roll. Randy and Chad Allan co-founded Al and The Silvertones in 1960 and changed their name to "Chad Allan and the Expressions" and, later, to The Guess Who. The Guess Who hit #1 in Canada in 1965 with their cover of Johnny Kidd's "Shakin' All Over" and charted at #22 in the U.S.

Following Chad Allan's departure in 1966, Burton Cummings joined as lead vocalist. 1968 saw the release of "Wheatfield Soul," followed by "Canned Wheat" in 1969, and 1970's "American Woman." Most of the songs for these were co-written by Bachman and Cummings. Bachman left "The Guess Who" in May 1970 following the release of "American Woman" to form a group that by 1973 had become "Bachman-Turner Overdrive" with Fred Turner, Robbie Bachman, and Tim Bachman. The years 1973 and 1974 saw two album releases with hits from "Takin' Care of Business," "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet," and "Roll On Down The Highway."

Randy left BTO in 1977. He formed "Ironhorse" with Tom Sparks in 1979 and, with Fred Turner, released an album as "Union" the same year. For more than two decades after that, Randy pursued reunion tours of The Guess Who and BTO. More recently, Cummings and Bachman formed "Bachman Cummings" with whom he now tours as well as with his own "Randy Bachman Band."

In 2005, Randy began hosting "Vinyl Tap" on CBC Radio One, a discography of audio recordings and reminiscences from a 50-year rock 'n' roll career. The show has been renewed for autumn, 2010, on Radio One. Also this year, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner collaborated on a new LP/CD, "Bachman & Turner," to be released in September. Bachman and Turner recently played Sweden Rock and London's High voltage Festival to wide acclaim, and they are doing selective tour dates to promote the new release. A cross-Canada tour is planned for 2011.

Randy Bachman has received several honours including an honourary Doctor of Music from Brandon University, the Order of Manitoba, the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, and Officer of the Order of Canada. He is married to the singer-songwriter Denise McCann and they live on Salt Spring Island, B.C.

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