Series: White AlbumPaperbackRishma Dunlop9780980882230$22.95POETRY Jan 10, 2008
Beginning in the 1950s, White Album charts the life of a young woman born in India, growing up in Canada during an era of explosive change, both cultural and political. Set to the music of the last half-century, White Album poses provocative questions: What is an identity? How does the noise of history - the chanting crowds, the gunshots, the guitar feedback - soundtrack our sense of self? Blurring together diverse media, White Album blends the words of award-winning poet Rishma Dunlop with the paintings of acclaimed artist Suzanne Northcott. T... + Read More
Series: BibliophonicDears, TheLost in the PlotPaperbackLorraine Carpenter9781926743134$12.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Apr 15, 2011
Over a decade after the release of their first album, The Dears have weathered the indie fringes, the collapse of the music industry as we knew it and the near implosion of the band itself, with their artistry and motivation intact. Lost in the Plot looks at how The Dears helped inspire the mid-aughts Montreal music scene, and how they continue to soothe broken hearts and raise wounded spirits worldwide.
Series: BibliophonicNoMeansNoGoing NowherePaperbackMark Black9781926743271$12.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Oct 15, 2012
Invisible Publishing's Bibliophonic Series returns, this time focusing on unsung Canadian punk rock heroes NoMeansNo.NoMeansNo: Going Nowhere, will look at a band whose career has spanned three decades, 14 albums and produced an alter ego that's become as much a part of the Canadian consciousness as SCTV. Through interviews with band members, bit players and fans, the book will explore how one punk band from Victoria, B.C. influenced musicians across the world and continue to be force in punk rock.
Series: BibliophonicDeadly Snakes, TheReal Rock and Roll TonightPaperbackJ Staniforth9781926743295$12.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Nov 15, 2012
The Deadly Snakes: Real Rock and Roll Tonight charts the rise and gentle fall of Canada's greatest band. Unwilling to bow to industry demands, the Deadly Snakes instead made records they were proud of and played music by their own rules. From their chaotic teenage beginnings to the band's exquisite final act, the story of the Deadly Snakes is both the story of angry young men growing up and a microcosm of Canadian independent music.
Series: BibliophonicWooden StarsInnocent GearsPaperbackMalcolm Fraser9781926743400$12.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Oct 15, 2013
The Juno award-winning Wooden Stars both epitomized and transcended the sound of mid-90s indie rock. One of Canada's greatest bands, they helped build a scene whose members would go on to be associated with some of the country's most revered acts including Julie Doiron, Islands and Arcade Fire.With Wooden Stars: Innocent Gears, Malcolm Fraser tracks the highs and lows of this totally unique and influential band.
Series: Digitopia BluesRace, Technology, and the American VoicePaperbackJohn Sobol9780920159897$26.95SOCIAL SCIENCE May 16, 2002
A lyrical analysis of the intersections between poetic speech and music, intertwined with the history of black/white relations in America.Digitopia Blues is a fluid narrative about orality and literacy -- their individual histories, and their blended futures. Musician and poet John Sobol pinpoints the African American struggle to find a language of revolutionary power through orality and music, as well as the literate poet's impulse to transcend the printed page. Then he locates literacy and orality in the new digital media, in rap, in rave and... + Read More
The Cellophane Sky: Jazz Poems is an exciting collection of poems that delves deeply into the remarkable world of jazz. This striking volume effortlessly draws the reader in, exhaling the vitality of jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Miles Davis and many more. Here is a book for both jazz fans and poetry readers as it pays tribute to jazz’s great voices, with poems that throb with the vivid rhythm and energy of the jazz tradition. Park’s passion for jazz comes through with writing that ranges in tone from mournfu... + Read More
Series: Being YoungPaperbackAstrid Young9781897178881$19.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Oct 01, 2009
Neil Young is known around the world as one of Canada's greatest musical artists. His vast, diverse songbook and long, influential career have made him a unique figure in the history of rock. In his adopted United States, Young provokes audiences to adoration and fury in about equal measure with his immense talent and outspoken politics. In a deeply honest and revealing book, his half-sister, Astrid Young, gives us an intimate portrait of the private man behind the public performer. Taking up where their father, journalist Scott Young's 1984 bo... + Read More
Series: Hang Down Your HeadA Randy Craig MysteryPaperbackJanice MacDonald9780888013866$16.00FICTION Oct 30, 2011
Despite her best efforts to lead a peaceful life, murder, mystery and mayhem continue to follow reluctant sleuth Randy Craig. Maybe she shouldn’t live in Edmonton. Or date a cop. Or work for the famous Folkways Collection library on the University of Alberta campus.Randy has just started the dream job of any banjo-playing folkie freelance writer, when the children of a deceased benefactress—whose generous donation funded her employment—try to stop the bequest. David and Barbara Finster, the angry, anti-folk offspring go to great lengths to un-e... + Read More
Series: Stopping TimePaul Bley and the Transformation of JazzPaperbackPaul Bley9781550651119$17.95BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Jan 16, 1998
Paul Bley was barely into his twenties when he left Montreal for New York City, yet he had already played with Charlie Parker and subbed for Oscar Peterson at the Alberta Lounge. The piano prodigy had been leading his own bands in Montreal clubs since he was thirteen. Stopping Time is the story of a unique Canadian artist and his odyssey through the most turbulent years in modern jazz. Paul Bley was one of the subjects of Ron Mann's award-winning feature documentary "Imagine the Sound." Now in his sixties, Bley is touring more than ever, and ... + Read More
Series: Stepping OutThe Golden Age of Montreal Night ClubsPaperbackNancy Marrelli9781550651935$27.95HISTORY Oct 05, 2004
The Paris of North America. So Montreal was known from the 1920s to the early 1950s?a glamorous wide open city with a lively jazz and nightclub scene. In this pre-television era, people of all ages "stepped out" at night for fun and entertainment. They went to clubs to socialize, to see their favourite performers, to hear the latest music, to have dinner or enjoy a fancy cocktail, and especially to dance the night away. With rare photographs and memorabilia, Stepping Out captures the golden age of Montreal nightclubs between 1925 and 1955. P... + Read More
Often cited as one of the finest contemporary lyricists, singer, songwriter and poet John K. Samson captures the essential images of contemporary life. Whether on the streets of his beloved and bewildering hometown of Winnipeg, an outpost in Antarctica, or a room in an Edward Hopper painting, he finds whimsy and elegance in the everyday, beauty and sorrow in the overlooked.This collection gathers together Samson's writing, starting with his band The Weakerthans' 1997 debut album Fallow, through Left and Leaving, Reconstruction Site, and the aw... + Read More
Series: Being YoungHardcoverAstrid Young9781897178454$29.95MUSIC Oct 15, 2007
In Being Young, Astrid Young offers a fresh perspective on the cultural icon she knows as her older brother. Taking up where their father Scott Young's book, Neil and Me, left off, she explores the influences that shaped their family and the events that drove them apart and, eventually, brought them back together.
Reggae's influence can be heard in the popular music of nations in a variety of continents. In Dubwise, Klive Walker takes a fresh look at Bob Marley's global impact, specifically his legacy in the Caribbean diaspora. While considering Marley's status as an international reggae icon, Walker also discusses the vital contributions to reggae culture authored by other important Jamaican innovators such as poet Louise Bennett, hand drummer Oswald "Count Ossie" Williams, jazz saxophonist Joe Harriott, ska trombonist Don Drummond and singer Dennis Brown.
Through sleepless ramblings and observations from Newfoundland singer / songwriter Damhnait Doyle, these journals cover her travels from Afghanistan to Japan and all over Canada on tour both solo and with her Shaye bandmates, Kim Stockwood and Tara MacLean. Sharing insights into the highs and lows of juggling a band and a solo career, and whether she's talking about Advil or karma, bikes or Canadian troops in Kabul, Damhnait Doyle's style is engaging and uniquely personal. The title of this book was found on the door of a dressing room at the 2... + Read More
A candid, day-by-day account of Michelle Wright's personal thoughts and experiences during 2004, A Year in the Life of Michelle Wright is a catalog of her struggles and triumphs, both public and personal, as she tries to reconcile the demands of being a celebrity with the responsibilities of her private life.
From cat food to death, bra size to spirituality, family to goose poop (yes, goose poop), these are the journals of Canadian recording artist Jann Arden. Her writing is wry and insightful, confessional and compassionate. Also included in if i knew, don't you think i'd tell you? are Jann's line drawings and open spaces inviting readers to think out loud, be human, draw, emote, express, participate, live, be a piece of it all — in other words, journal with Jann.
Series: Here For A Good TimeOn the road with Trooper—Canada's legendary rock bandPaperbackRa McGuire9781897178102$21.95MUSIC May 22, 2006
"We're Here for a Good Time" — "Raise a Little Hell" — "The Boys in the Bright White Sportscar" — all Canadian anthems — all recorded by Trooper. The Globe and Mail calls them "honest-to-God Canadian legends." The Toronto Sun lauds the ongoing strength of their "Boomer/Gen X cachet." They have sold millions of albums, have travelled tens of thousands of miles, and, for thirty years, have borne first-hand witness to an amazing era in popular music: "sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll" and the long hard road where careers are made and broken.Ra McGuir... + Read More
Series: Dirty, Drunk, and PunkThe Twisted Crazy Story of the BunchofuckingoofsPaperbackJennifer Morton9781897415283$29.95MUSIC Mar 15, 2011
The Bunchofuckingoofs were born in 1984. They were a punk band. An art collective. A bicycle gang. They were anti-establishment, anti-consumerism, and lived totally D.I.Y. They played music, made their own clothes, and lived commune-style at Fort Goof. Their name even made it onto the Berlin Wall. The Bunchofuckingoofs have been a Toronto institution for thirty years. Reviled by some for their punk music, hard looks, and rough lifestyle, they were hardcore with hearts. They were the kings and queens of Kensington Market. They took care of their... + Read More
Series: Talking MusicBlues Radio and Roots MusicPaperbackHolger Petersen9781554830336$19.95MUSIC Oct 21, 2011
Talking Music is a collection of nineteen of Holger Petersen’s in-depth radio interviews with artists—the pioneering men and women who created the blues and roots sounds that have influenced the course of popular culture and music in North America. Many of his interview subjects are no longer with us—their stories need to be told.The book is divided into four collections of interviews: British Blues Revival, Delta and Memphis Blues, Artists Who Helped Build Stony Plain, and Bonus Tracks.Each interview is preceded by informative background mater... + Read More
Series: Gathered LightThe Poetry of Joni Mitchell's SongsPaperbackLisa Sornberger9781927513125$29.95MUSIC May 21, 2013
Joni Mitchell is one of the greatest songwriters of the late 20th century. For over forty years her powerful lyrics have compelled listeners to dig deeper. This one of a kind collection finally allows even her most passionate fans to do just that. Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell’s Songs includes more than fifty original contributions by acclaimed writers such as Wally Lamb and Fred Wah, as well as many of Mitchell’s long-time friends and creative collaborators. These diverse voices celebrate Mitchell’s poetic craft and the profound ... + Read More
Series: Paul BleyThe Logic of ChancePaperbackCappelletti9781550652529$17.95MUSIC Apr 15, 2009
Arrigo Cappelletti retraces the life one of the most complex and mysterious personalities in the history of jazz. Paul Bley, born in Montreal in 1932, is one of the most important exponents of jazz of the last 50 years. He occupies, among the pantheon of jazz giants, an eccentric and aristocratic position, a reflection of a restless spirit, free and anarchic. An advocate of improvisation, he has always favored free jazz.Bley honed his talent in the bands of Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Lester Young and Sonny Rollins. He played with jazz icon... + Read More