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Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond

Liz Worth (Bongo Beat)


Liz Worth is much younger than the Toronto punks she admires from the city’s first-wave heyday in 1977-’81. Perhaps this is why she decided to let all her interview subjects speak for themselves in her oral history of the scene. Stories from members of Teenage Head, Forgotten Rebels, the recently reformed The Diodes and more---mostly born out of a rejection of a dying coffeehouse culture and art school imagination---vividly depict a pre-gentrified Queen Street West, when chicken blood ran onto the street outside the Beverly Tavern from the slaughterhouse next door. Although Worth does a good job constructing her interviews into fascinating stories about the city and its musical history, occasionally a little external editorial input, especially at the beginning of each section, would be helpful for those who weren’t there.

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