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Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond, 1977-1981

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Treat Me Like Dirt

Bongo Beat Books, January 2011

From Bongo Beat Books:

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 There is a wealth of previously unpublished photographs (The Dead Boys, The Ramones, The Nerves, in addition to The Viletones, Poles, Diodes, Dishes, Teenage Head, etc). The book offers an extensive history of The Diodes, Teenage Head, Forgotten Rebels, The Viletones, and also Simply Saucer in addition to B-Girls (Bomp Records), The Ugly, The Curse, etc. It includes the clubs, the drug use, murder, sex and all the related highlights. The book was written by music journalist and author Liz Worth (Exclaim), edited by pop musicologist Gary Pig Gold, and designed by Ralph Alfonso. Maximum Rock'n'Roll magazine has already run interviews with the 3 main bands (Viletones, Teenage Head, The Diodes).