Wild Years: The Music and Myth of Tom Waits by Jay S. Jacobs, ECW Press — Waits is the lifeline between the great Beat poets and today’s rock & roll heroes. He’s old enough to be your dad and cool enough to be your hero. One of the few truly original musicians recording today, he’s also the rare singer who can actually act, and he has put together a respectable body of work in movies. . . .
England's Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond, by Jon Savage. If there's a better history of punk music and culture than this 2002 book, I'd love to read it. It gave me a much deeper appreciation of the genre, and led me to some bands I hadn't previously checked out (e.g., X-Ray Spex - their 1978 "Germ Free Adolescents" album is phenomenal).
Peter Gzowski by Marco Adria, ECW Press — Peter Gzowski - Canada’s best-known and most-adored radio personality. Marco Adria traces Gzowski’s childhood in Galt, his unusual family history, and his early days at Maclean’s, ultimately focusing on Gzowski’s radio career. How does Morningside choose its guests? What’s the secret behind Gzowski’s interview technique? What are his deep-held beliefs about Canada? This first biography will be welcomed by his many fans and admirers.
Young Hunting by Martin Hunter, ECW Press — Taking inspiration from John Glassco’s Memoirs of Montparnasse, Young Hunting is both a story of discovery and transformation. While Toronto changes around him, from a puritanical British colonial outpost to a mixing bowl filled with colourful cultural components, a young boy emerges from his middle class childhood to become a flamboyant adolescent a questioning adult who refuses to accept conventional wisdom. . .
Wrestling With Rhinos: The Adventures of a Glasgow Vet in Kenya by Dr. Jerry Haigh, ECW Press — Imagine it’s 1965, and you’ve just fulfilled a boyhood ambition and graduated from the vet college in Glasgow, Scotland. The very next week you find yourself in Kenya, treating wild animals. This is what happened to Dr. Jerry Haigh, who in Wrestling with Rhinos takes us deep into the post-independence Kenya of 1965 . . .