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Army of Lovers: A Community History of Will Munro

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In the spring of 2010, Toronto lost one of its most important queer civic heroes. Weaving together interviews and stories, "Army of Lovers" is a biography of Will Munro and a document of a galvanizing period when various subcultures the queer community, the art scene, the independent music universe, the grassroots activist enclaves came together."
ebook, 160 pages
Published September 16th 2013 by Coach House Books (first published August 16th 2013)
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David Oxley
Oct 10, 2014 David Oxley rated it really liked it
Amazing testimony from the community of artists and personalities that made up my experience of Toronto in the early-mid aughts. I don't know if others who don't know Toronto will be as moved by this account, but they definitely can take away the story of Munro's important influence on his surroundings, friends, and strangers.

This an important account of a part of local Toronto queer history.
Kelly
Nov 27, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
This book skillfully weaves a bunch of different voices together in a compelling, surprisingly readable narrative. Seriously, I kind of can't believe how well it worked -- usually I have a hard time reading interviews/oral histories. And the content is compelling, as well.
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Review by Jeff Miller

Will Munro contained multitudes. The Toronto queer icon was a brilliant artist, organizer, nightlife impresario, DJ, go-go dancer, longstanding volunteer at the Toronto LGBT Youthline, lifelong teetotaler and the world’s foremost creator of custom-made men’s underwear. But what Army of Lovers: A Community History of Will Munro by Sarah Liss demonstrates foremost is that Munro, who died of brain cancer in 2010 at the age of 35, was a co
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Ian
Mar 29, 2015 Ian rated it it was amazing
Great oral history of Toronto queer/punk/art artist community builder and activist, Will Munro. I missed experiencing his work living in NYC but after coming back to Toronto and meeting (and working with) friends of his who still talk about his art and infamous Vazaleen parties and also seeing a retrospective article in one of the newsweeklies here in Toronto recently that referenced this book, I decided to pick it up and learn more about him. It's a pretty remarkable story which author, Sarah ...more
Brian Francis
Feb 09, 2014 Brian Francis rated it really liked it
I can’t imagine how hard it would be writing a biography of someone as iconic as Toronto artist Will Munro. Most of us have a hard enough time explaining ourselves – how could we begin trying to explain someone else? I really liked Liss’s approach to her subject, which was to create a sketch of Munro based on the words of the people closest to him. We are all (for better or worse) partially defined by how others define us. But it’s through this kaleidoscope of voices that the truth of ourselves ...more
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