Perfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian Punk

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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...
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Overview


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. John’s. 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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"Perfect Youth effectively imparts a sense of agency to local communities, and easily demonstrates that punk was more than an imported phenomenon. . . . Sutherland colourfully illustrates how, when, and where Canadian bands contributed to punk's early development." —BC Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770410657
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 9/26/2012
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Sam Sutherland is a Toronto-based journalist. He is a former Assistant Editor at "Exclaim! Magazine" and Music Editor of "Broken Pencil," whose work has appeared in such publications as "The National Post, Maisonneuve, Alternative Press," and alt-weeklies across the country. He currently works as the Online Producer of AUX.TV.
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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 Montreal’s 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 Can’t 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 Can’t 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 Saskatchewan’s 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

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