Rock My World Canada, chapter 38: Avril Lavigne

[Mike Carr has put together a massive volume on Canadian music history entitled Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. It’s an incredible discography of hundreds of bands. This is the latest excerpt from his book. – AC]

Avril Ramona Lavigne (born 27 September 1984) is a singer-songwriter and actress from Napanee, Ontario.

By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.

In 2002 she released her debut album, Let Go, emphasizing a skate punk persona in which she has been often referred by critics and music publications as The “Pop Punk Queen” due to her achievement and impact in the industry.

Lavigne is considered a key musician in the development of pop punk music since she paved the way for female-driven punk-influenced pop music. Since her professional debut, Lavigne has sold more than 40 million albums and over 50 million singles worldwide making her the 2nd best-selling Canadian Female Artist of all time, behind Celine Dion.

Find out more about this artist and hundreds of other Canadian artists in the softcover edition of Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. Get your copy here.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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