Rick Jackson is from Kingston, Ontario, is an author, film critic and broadcaster. He grew up on army bases and became interested in collecting music charts from CFNB in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He is a radio host at CFRC 101.9FM in Kingston, Ontario.
Even though he never learned to play a musical instrument, he became interested in the information side of the music world. Before going in 1973 to Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario to take a radio course he already had an encyclopedic knowledge of rock and roll. Beginning in 1973, he started interviewing members of Canadian groups. This eventually led to the first edition of The Encyclopedia of Rock, Pop & Folk Music in Canada published in 1994. While taking a journalism course in 1976 at the University of Waterloo, he interviewed Bobby Vee and Del Shannon and in Kingston, Ontario he interviewed, Buddy Knox. In 1997 he began inter-viewing more Canadian musicians and groups on his Kingston radio show entitled “Artists and Music of the 20th Century” at CFRC.
Favourable response to the first edition of, The Encyclopedia of Rock, Pop & Folk Music in Canada made it possible for him to expand, correct and update the vast quantity of data for the second edition.
He is also the author of the, Encyclopedia of Canadian Country Music published in 1996. In 1983 he self-published a volume of movie reviews entitled “At the Movies”. Rex Reed, then film critic for The New York Post wrote: “Your love of movies is reflected in your opinions.” You can find his film review blog established in 2005 at: www.jacksonfilm.blogspot.ca