RPM fonds [textual record, graphic material, sound recording]

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    Type of material:
    Photographs, Sound recordings, Textual material
    Found in:
    Archives / Collections and Fonds
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    Context of this record:
    • RPM fonds
      RPM fonds Fonds de RPM
  • Fonds includes:
    7850 lower level description(s)
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    Place of creation:
    No place, unknown, or undetermined
    1.1 m of textual records.
    9940 photographs : 60 slides.
    16 audio cassettes.
    1 audio reel.
    Language of material:
    Scope and content:
    The fonds contains records documenting the activities of RPM. Included are: correspondence (with, among others, Art Sound Ltd., Astra Records Ltd., Louis Applebaum, BMI Canada Ltd., Bruce Allen Talent, Randy Bachman, Phil Collins Productions, Chappell Music Company, Columbia Records of Canada, Canadian Radio-Television Commission, Canadian National Exhibition, Canadian Country Music Association, DMG Sound Studio, Footprint Productions Ltd., GRT of Canada Ltd., Moe Koffman, George Hamilton IV, Pierre Juneau, Joe Kozak, Dick Jacobs, Laurel Record Distributors, Joseph M. Lucchetta, Maple Music Junket, John MacKey, Patti MacDonnell, Nimbus 9 Productions Ltd., Allen Parker, Polydor Records Canada Ltd., Quality Records Ltd., Rada Record Pressings Ltd., RCA Records Ltd., Sam the Record Man, Kenneth M. Smookler, Jim Smith, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, WEA Music of Canada Ltd., Tony White, Wizard Productions, Ritchie Yorke); contracts; minutes of meetings; reports; articles; brochures; press releases; press clippings; copies of books (The Legend and the Legacy, My Rambling Heart); posters, many with dedications (Anne Murray, Gil Grant, Corey Hart, Roch Voisine, Vince Gil, Paul Brandt, George Fox, Haywire, etc.); photographs of artists and promoters, mainly of popular music; sound recordings.
    Additional name(s):
    Biography/Administrative history:
    RPM: RPM was a weekly trade magazine of the Canadian radio and recording industries and associated areas, such as music. Founded in Toronto in 1964 by Walt Grealis and directed primarily to the anglophone market, RPM both reported on and promoted the recording industry in Canada. It established the RPM Gold Leaf Awards in 1964, which soon evolved into the Juno Awards. RPM was among the groups that lobbied for Canadian content regulations in the broadcast media, and it inaugurated the RPM MAPL logo (with MAPL standing for music, artists, production, lyrics) that has been widely used to identify the Canadian content of commercial sound recordings. The periodical (which at various points was titled RPM Weekly, RPM Music Weekly, RPM Magazine) temporarily suspended publication during 1980-1981, and ceased publication in 2000.
    Finding aid:
    Textual record, graphic (photo) and soundrecording (Electronic) Provisional description of the textual records. (90 90: Open)

    Additional information:
    General Note:
    Acquired in 2003 from Stan Klees and Walter Grealis.
    Arrangement note:
    Photograph files are arranged in alphabetical order.
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    Subject heading:
    Former archival reference no.:
    MUS 306
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