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Perfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian Punk

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While many volumes devoted to the punk and hardcore scenes in America grace bookstore shelves, Canadas contributions to the genre remain largely unacknowledged. For the first time, the birth of Canadian punk—a transformative cultural force that spread across the country at the end of the 1970s—is captured between the pages of this important resource. Delving deeper than standard band biographies, this book articulates how the advent of punk reshaped the culture of cities across Canada, speeding along the creation of alternative means of cultural production, consumption, and distribution. Describing the origins of bands such as D.O.A., the Subhumans, the Viletones, and Teenage Head alongside lesser-known regional acts from all over Canada, it is the first published account of the first wave of punk in places like Regina, Ottawa, Halifax, and Victoria. Proudly staking Canadas claim as the starting point for many internationally famous bands, this book unearths a forgotten musical and cultural history of drunks and miscreants, future country stars, and political strategists.

Synopsis:

A forgotten musical and cultural history of drunks and miscreants, future country stars and political strategists Perfect Youth is the story of the birth of Canadian punk, a transformative cultural force that reared its head across the country at the end of the 1970s. Bands like D.O.A., the Subhumans, the Viletones, and Teenage Head — alongside lesser-known regional acts from all over Canada — reshaped a dull musical landscape, injecting new energy and new sounds into halls, bars, and record stores from Victoria to St. Johns. Reaching beyond the realm of standard band biographies, Sutherland unearths a detailed historical context to offer an idea of how the advent of punk reshaped the culture of cities across Canada, speeding along the creation of alternative means of cultural production, consumption, and distribution.

About the Author

Sam Sutherland is a journalist and features editor at AUX TV, which reaches more than 2.5 million subscribers across Canada and two million music fans online monthly. His work has appeared in such publications as A.V. Club, the Coast magazine, Maisonneuve magazine, and the National Post. He lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Introduction 8

1 Back Door to Hell The Viletones 20

2 Get Modern or Get Fucked The Modernettes and the Young Canadians 42

3 The Secret of Immortality Calgary 60

4 First Radio Bomb The 222s, 364 St. Paul, and Montreals Punk Past 76

5 Hot Property The Dishes and the Northern Origins of Queercore 94

6 Ice Box City Winnipeg 108

7 Photographs from Mars The Diodes and the Crash n Burn 126

8 Waiting for the Real Thing The Pointed Sticks and Fuck Bands 142

9 Someone Could Lose an Eye Edmonton 160

10 Something You Cant Tell Your Mother The Curse, the B-Girls, and the Vital Role of Women in Canadian Punk 178

11 New Age D.O.A. and the Early Vancouver Scene 194

12 Kickin Til I Die The East Coast 214

13 Elvis Is Dead The Forgotten Rebels 232

14 I Cant Get the Sounds I Want Victoria 248

15 Step Out Tonight The Mods, the Garys, and the Last Pogo 268

16 Nobody Knows Nothin The Extroverts, the Idols, and Saskatchewans First Wave 286

17 Passion Bastards Ottawa 300

18 Incorrect Thoughts The Subhumans 314

19 Teenage Beer Drinkin Party Teenage Head 328

Post Script 348

References 353

Acknowledgements 365

Product Details

ISBN:
9781770410657
Author:
Sutherland, Sam
Publisher:
ECW Press
Subject:
Punk
Subject:
World History-Canada
Subject:
MUSIC / Punk
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
366
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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A forgotten musical and cultural history of drunks and miscreants, future country stars and political strategists Perfect Youth is the story of the birth of Canadian punk, a transformative cultural force that reared its head across the country at the end of the 1970s. Bands like D.O.A., the Subhumans, the Viletones, and Teenage Head — alongside lesser-known regional acts from all over Canada — reshaped a dull musical landscape, injecting new energy and new sounds into halls, bars, and record stores from Victoria to St. Johns. Reaching beyond the realm of standard band biographies, Sutherland unearths a detailed historical context to offer an idea of how the advent of punk reshaped the culture of cities across Canada, speeding along the creation of alternative means of cultural production, consumption, and distribution.
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