Perfect Youth by Sam Sutherland
The Birth of Canadian Punk

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...Sutherland has brought the movement together with a clarity and intimacy never achieved before, and for its moments of guilelessness and raw delight, reveals the value of a scene that self-deprecates as often as it’s been dismissed.
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While many volumes devoted to the punk and hardcore scenes in America grace bookstore shelves, Canada’s 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 Canada’s 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.

 

About Sam Sutherland

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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.
 
Published October 1, 2012 by ECW Press. 366 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Natalie Zina Walschots on Oct 19 2012

...Sutherland has brought the movement together with a clarity and intimacy never achieved before, and for its moments of guilelessness and raw delight, reveals the value of a scene that self-deprecates as often as it’s been dismissed.

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Reviewed by Natalie Zina Walschots on Oct 19 2012

This eliminates any sense of cool detachment between researcher and subject, and in many ways, Sutherland and his all-consuming passion for his subject matter becomes its own character within the text itself.

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