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Minstrel Shows, War and Our National Anthem: The Strange Life and Times of Calixa Lavallée

Minstrel Shows, War and Our National Anthem: The Strange Life and Times of Calixa Lavallée

April 5, 2019
National

Book looks at the story of Canada’s 19th-century rock star.

"Many of us know that Calixa Lavallée composed the music for O Canada; few of us know he was a brilliant musician, a performer as well as a composer, whose life foreshadowed modern North American pop culture.

Broadcaster and music critic Robert Harris — best known for his brilliant conversations with Michael Enright on CBC Radio’s Sunday Edition — shows us a complicated man whose national anthem was a minor part of a prolific career..."

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