Published Aug 09, 2012Since the dawn of punk, much has been said about England circa '77, or the hardcore booms in DC, New York and L.A. in the early '80s. Despite a few key figures, however, the first wave of Canadian punk remains a mystery to many. Author (and Exclaim! contributor) Sam Sutherland is hoping to reveal more than a few tidbits of information with his country-wide exploration of the Canuck punk scene's early days via his upcoming tome Perfect Youth.
The punk page-turner arrives October 1 through ECW Press, and a press release explains that it's "a forgotten musical and cultural history of drunks and miscreants, future country stars and political strategists." Some of the usual suspects will be covered -- D.O.A., the Viletones, Subhumans, Teenage Head -- but the book will apparently hone in on forgotten acts from coast to coast.
The book is said to deliver band biographies, a detailed account of how the country's punk network developed and "at least one story about a cop, a mailbag, and a bowie knife." You can check a trailer for Perfect Youth, which features praise from Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham, American Hardcore author Steven Blush, and some interview footage with Viletones vocalist Steve "Nazi Dog" Leckie, down below.