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Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History Of Punk In Toronto And Beyond 1977-1981

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  8 reviews
This is an uncensored oral history of the 1977 Toronto punk explosion as told by the bands who were there (in the style of Please Kill Me). This is a limited edition book of 500 copies. It is the ONLY book on the 1977 Toronto punk scene; an indispensable reference work. There is a wealth of previously unpublished photographs (The Dead Boys, The Ramones, The Nerves, in addi ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by Bongo Beat Books
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Dr. Detroit
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Without fail, the tale of every old-school punk scene follows the same story arc:

1) A new generation of puberty-afflicted musical misfits, finally fed up with the prog, corporate rock, and boogie-enamored dinosaurs in control of their local FM crotch-rock mothership and local bars - inspired by the Stooges, MC5, Ramones, and British glam – chop off their hair, pick up pawn-shop guitars, and start bashing out three chords of kiloton cretin teenage bop, singers spitting defiance and discontent bec
Jacqueline Valencia
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Need more books like Liz Worth's "Treat Me Like Dirt" about #Toronto. We have so much history & we tend to bury it. Expose it! #ourhistory
Lesbianfunworld Online
I stumbled across this book quite by accident, while looking for something complete different. I saw it and thought "Wow! I was totally on the periphery of Toronto's punk scene back then. I recognize some of these names, the bands and the music. I went to Lee's Hideaway, I wore safety pins and army jackets, I hung out in a gay punk-n-porn shop on the strip called Queen of Hearts (I remember looking at Tom of Finland t-shirts when a high school teacher come out of 'the back room' and said hi. He ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fine oral account, of a music scene in Ontario, by those who experienced it first hand. You have bands like Simply Saucer, Teenage Head, The Nerve, etc. and the band members frequently reference bands they had either seen perform or went on tour with. The cast of characters page is invaluable since so much is covered.
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: voyeurs with a lengthy attention span
What I learned from this book? - context is everything. Words spoken in conversation read differently when presented as "oral history".

I feel obliged to give credit where due. On page 346, I'm quoted as follows, "I remember going to see something at the Upper Lip, I think. It was these third-string Hamilton bands, and The Raving Mojos played." I've no doubt I spoke those words because I've repeated this story so many times. Sometimes to make a point. A point that has little to nothing to do wit
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very dense book - lots to read!!! Although not during 'my time', it was fun to look up the old venues to see what is there now. Also makes you rather sad for the punk scene and for the Canadian music industry. Heaven forbid Canada put out something different. Heaven forbid they support and promote their own. Great read, though. Really great!
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really cool history of Toronto (and GTA) punk. Tons of info on Teenage Head, the Viletones, the Diodes, the B-Girls, etc. I want to lend this to my dad since he was around for all of it.
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