Perfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian Punk by Sam SutherlandPerfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian Punk by Sam Sutherland

Perfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian Punk

bySam Sutherland

Paperback | September 26, 2012

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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.

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.
Title:Perfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian PunkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:September 26, 2012Publisher:ECW PressLanguage:English

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Table of 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

Editorial Reviews

"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