Counterculture

#263 Georgia Straight honoured

Georgia Straight: A 50th Anniversary Celebration by Doug Sarti and Dan McLeod, with an introduction by Bob Geldof and essays by Mike Harcourt, Paul Watson, and Bif Naked Victoria: Rocky Mountain Books, 2017 $40.00  /  9781771602525 Reviewed by Ron Dart First published Mar. 10, 2018 * In February 1967, the name Georgia Straight was hatched…
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#209 Gary Cristall’s ball

First published Nov. 24, 2017. Jeannie Kamins has written and published a VFMF history with a memoir by Gary Cristall who says, “I guess I booked pretty close to 1,000 artists.” For $25 plus shipping costs, 40 Years and Counting: A Visual History of Forty Years of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival (Jeannie Kamins, 2017)…
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#170 Midwifery, bongos & blue boxes

Canadian Countercultures and the Environment Colin M. Coates (editor) Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2016 $34.95  /  9781552388143 Reviewed by Lauren Harding First published September 17, 2017 * I read the last pages of Colin Coates’s edited collection while lying on Vancouver’s infamous Wreck Beach. Around me fresh University of British Columbia undergraduates gawked at…
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#139 Perfection is hard work

First published June 15, 2017 REVIEW: The Promise of Paradise: Utopian Communities in British Columbia By Andrew Scott Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing, 2017. $24.95  /  978-1-55017-771-8 Reviewed by Keith Norbury   Five centuries ago, when Thomas More conceived of a fictional perfect society, he named it Utopia, from a Greek word meaning “nowhere.” Three-and-half centuries later,…
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#61 Street fighting men

The Last Gang in Town: The Epic Story of the Vancouver Police vs. the Clark Park Gang by Aaron Chapman Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016 $24.95 / 9781551526713 Reviewed by Lanni Russwurm First published Dec. 8, 2016 * In The Last Gang in Town, Aaron Chapman tells the story of the Clark Park Gang, named…
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#34 Mahonia Ranche, Whannock

Letters from Mahonia Ranche, 1888–1895 by Fred Braches First published October 31, 2016 * At the age of 23, Murdoch Kirby immigrated to British Columbia from England with his friend Charles Sprott. They homesteaded at Glenwood in south Langley at the end of today’s 216th Street near the U.S. border, each on a quarter section…
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