History & Criticism

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Any Night of the Week

By Jonny Dovercourt

The story of how Toronto became a music mecca.

From Yonge Street to Yorkville to Queen West to College, the neighbourhoods that housed Toronto’s music scenes. Featuring Syrinx, Rough Trade, Martha and the Muffins, Fifth Column, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, Rheostatics, ... Read more

Battle of the Five Spot, The

By David Neil Lee

This is a new-format reprint of a successful jazz book documenting the debate over ground-breaking jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman. Coleman revolutionized jazz when he first started playing at The Five Spot in New York City in 1959. Lee investigates this time, considering both ... Read more

Counterpoint to a City

By Robin Elliott

The book chronicles the history of the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto, which has been sponsoring chamber music and solo recitals for nearly 100 years. The book features archival documents, interviews, newspaper reports and reviews, and recent scholarship in the field.

Country Music Fun Time Activity Book

By Aye Jay

Sure to delight fans of old country legends and new tabloid faves, this whimsical book moseys through a variety of classic activities, such as connect-the-dots, coloring, and simple puzzles.

Elvis Is King

By Richard Crouse

Before Elvis Costello was one of Rolling Stone’s greatest artists of all time, before he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he was Declan P. McManus, an office drone with a dull suburban life and a side gig in a pub rock band. In 1976, under the guidance of ... Read more

Evenings and Weekends

By Andrew Baulcomb

Hamilton has always been known for its music scene. From blues singer Long John Baldry to punk rock groups like Teenage Head, musicians, and music have made their home here. But Andrew Baulcomb is charting a new group of performers in Evenings & Weekends. A generation of musicians ... Read more

Grunge Is Dead

By Greg Prato

Weaving together the definitive story of the Seattle music scene through a series of interviews with the people who were there, this book contains more than 130 interviews, along with essential background information. Digging deeper than other accounts, this history begins in ... Read more

Hallo Spaceboy

By Dave Thompson

By 1987, David Bowie was at a creative, critical, and commercial low. His most recent album was dismissed by the music press, his latest tour written off as a disaster. Fifteen years after becoming the most colourfully controversial superstar in recent rock history, Bowie was ... Read more

Have Not Been the Same

By Michael Barclay, Ian A.D. Jack, and Jason Schneider
Foreword by Gordon Downie

Capturing the spirit of Canadian rock from the late 20th century, this history tells the stories of the musicians and bands that made an indelible mark on Canadian culture and the global stage. Regarded by critics and musicians as the definitive history of the era, this massive ... Read more

Lives of the Poets (with Guitars)

By Ray Robertson

Lives of the Poets (with Guitars) picks up where Samuel Johnson left off nearly 250 years ago, collecting biographical and critical portraits of 13 of rock & roll, blues, folk, and alt-country's most inimitable artists. These often irreverent essays offer a riotous, toe-tapping ... Read more