Published May 15, 2018Any Canadian kid that grew up in the MuchMusic era remembers Big Shiny Tunes — but they will have the opportunity to learn lots more about the iconic compilation thanks to a new book.
Penned by Toronto music journalist Mark Teo, Shine will arrive on May 25 via Eternal Cavalier Press.
It tells the story of the ubiquitous 1996 comp, and the impact that it had on Canadian culture, music and attitudes. But despite the CD's popularity, Teo is the first writer to really delve into this particular "important, underrepresented and — without a doubt — hilarious chapter in Canadian music."
The original compilation featured tracks by Canadian artists like I Mother Earth, Sloan and Moist, alongside the likes of Marilyn Manson, Foo Fighters and Radiohead.
"All compilations were meant to elevate its artists, of course," Teo points out. "But few Canadian comps had such an enduring impact."
The book will be launched with a release party on May 26 at the Supermarket in Toronto. Mike Trebilcock of the Killjoys will perform, in addition to a reading and Q&A with Teo. Find full details here.
Shine is also now available for pre-order over here.