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Description found in Archives

Bruce Fairbairn fonds [textual record, graphic material, sound recording]. 

Date(s)

1971-1995

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

44 cm of textual records.
10 photographs.
251 audio cassettes.
180 audio reels.
19 audio discs.
3 audio videocassettes : polyester, digital.

Scope and content

The fonds contains records concerning Bruce Fairbairn's life and career as a rock musician and producer. Included are correspondence, contracts, scores, parts, lyrics, promotional documents, financial records, notes, forms, press clippings, photographs, sound recordings. The sound recordings document all stages of the music recording production process, such as song ideas, working tapes, demonstration recordings, rehearsals, masters, safety masters, mixes, remixes, rough mixes, out-takes, test pressings (mastering refs), live concerts. The artists documented in the sound recordings include, among others, AC/DC, Bryan Adams, Aerosmith, Blue Oyster Cult, Bon Jovi, Foreigner, Kitsilano All-Stars, Loverboy, the Payolas, Prism, Scorpions, The Spectres, Sunshyne, Jim Vallance, and Van Halen.

Textual records
90: Open
Volume
from 1 to 4
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Volume
from 5 to 6
90: Open
Sound recordings
90: Open
Sound recording
1
99: To be determined
Sound recordings
90: Open
Sound recording
from 40 to 41
99: To be determined
Sound recordings
90: Open
Sound recording
49
99: To be determined
Sound recordings
90: Open
Sound recording
from 55 to 56
99: To be determined
Sound recordings
90: Open
Sound recording
from 270 to 278
99: To be determined
Sound recordings
90: Open
Sound recording
from 459 to 497
99: To be determined
Sound recordings
90: Open
Sound recording
from 908 to 909
90: Open
Sound recordings
90: Open
Sound recording
from 1011 to 1030
99: To be determined
Sound recordings
90: Open
Sound recording
from 1147 to 1163
90: Open
Sound recordings
90: Open
Sound recording
from 1319 to 1570
99: To be determined
Sound recordings
90: Open
Sound recording
from 3046 to 3095
99: To be determined
Sound recordings
90: Open
Sound recording
from 3627 to 3685
99: To be determined
Former archival reference no.

Textual record and graphic material Provisional description of textual records. 90 (Electronic)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000002045.pdf

Biography / Administrative history

Born in Vancouver, Bruce Fairbairn began to play the trumpet at the age of five, received classical music training, and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in urban planning. He played in Vancouver rock bands such as The Spectres and Sunshyne, and in 1976 was a founding member of the rock group Prism. By ca. 1978 Fairbairn had stopped performing with Prism, but served as the band's producer during its most successful period in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Fairbairn then produced recordings by the rock group Loverboy, winning a Juno award for his contributions to that group's 1983 album Get Lucky. Fairbairn's career as a record producer flourished in the 1980s and 1990s, when he produced albums by leading international rock and popular artists such as AC/DC, Bryan Adams, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Chicago, the Cranberries, Scorpions, and Van Halen. By the mid 1990s, recordings produced by Fairbairn had sold some 60 million copies worldwide. The recipient of numerous music industry awards, Fairbairn was posthumously inducted in 2000 into the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Private

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