Dangerous Memory

Dangerous Memory

Coming of Age in the Decade of Greed

Written by: Angus, Charlie

A bold book of rage, hope, and challenge exposing how the political decisions of the 1980s continue to haunt us today.

The 1980s is remembered with nostalgia as a harmless decade of big hair, colourful clothes, and catchy pop songs. It was anything but. In Dangerous Memory, Charlie Angus undertakes a major rethink of the cultural and political shifts of an era that unleashed an unprecedented looting of the economy, the environment, and the common good that continue to haunt North Americans today.

But the 1980s was also a time of resistance, creativity, and hope. In a world that stood on the brink of global annihilation, millions of ordinary people stepped up to save the planet and fight for human rights. As an idealistic eighteen-year-old, Charlie Angus quit school to play in a punk band and work with the homeless and refugees in Toronto’s east end.

Expertly weaving his story within the larger narrative of the times, Angus traces today’s economic, environmental, and social problems to their roots in the 1980s. Planting the seeds of change, he challenges us to take action to confront widespread injustice and massive systemic inequity to create a better world.

A bold book of rage, hope, and challenge exposing how the political decisions of the 1980s continue to haunt us today.

The 1980s is remembered with nostalgia as a harmless decade of big hair, colourful clothes, and catchy pop songs. It was anything but. In Dangerous Memory, Charlie Angus undertakes a major rethink of the cultural and political shifts of an era that unleashed an unprecedented looting of the economy, the environment, and the common good that continue to haunt North Americans today.

But the 1980s was also a time of resistance, creativity, and hope. In a world that stood on the brink of global annihilation, millions of ordinary people stepped up to save the planet and fight for human rights. As an idealistic eighteen-year-old, Charlie Angus quit school to play in a punk band and work with the homeless and refugees in Toronto’s east end.

Expertly weaving his story within the larger narrative of the times, Angus traces today’s economic, environmental, and social problems to their roots in the 1980s. Planting the seeds of change, he challenges us to take action to confront widespread injustice and massive systemic inequity to create a better world.

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc — Oct 29, 2024
Specifications 352 pages | 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Written By

CHARLIE ANGUS is a nationally recognized politician, author, and musician. He has published nine books and is the recipient of numerous writing awards, including the Trillium Book Award finalist Cobalt: Cradle of the Demon Metals, Birth of a Mining Superpower. Angus has served in the Canadian Parliament for twenty years. He has earned a national reputation as a fierce fighter for social justice and Indigenous rights. Angus was the founding member of Toronto punk band L’etranger. He is the leader of the roots band Grievous Angels; their ninth album is Last Call for Cinderella. Angus lives in Cobalt, Ontario, with his wife, author Brit Griffin. They have three daughters.

Written By

CHARLIE ANGUS is a nationally recognized politician, author, and musician. He has published nine books and is the recipient of numerous writing awards, including the Trillium Book Award finalist Cobalt: Cradle of the Demon Metals, Birth of a Mining Superpower. Angus has served in the Canadian Parliament for twenty years. He has earned a national reputation as a fierce fighter for social justice and Indigenous rights. Angus was the founding member of Toronto punk band L’etranger. He is the leader of the roots band Grievous Angels; their ninth album is Last Call for Cinderella. Angus lives in Cobalt, Ontario, with his wife, author Brit Griffin. They have three daughters.


“Heartfelt and detailed, a book worthy of the Canadian music pantheon.” — Dave Bidini, author of On a Cold Road and Midnight Light

“You can’t tell Toronto’s story without understanding the Toronto that shaped Charlie Angus, the punk rock politician.” — Toronto Mike podcast

“After reading this genuine and powerful memoir, I now have a better idea of what made Charlie Angus such a tireless and inspiring leader.” — Jim Stanford, economist and director, Centre for Future Work

"An extraordinary read from a true Canadian original." — Naomi Klein, author of Doppelganger and The Shock Doctrine

Dangerous Memory is a fierce, exhilarating corrective to nostalgia—and to despair.” —Mark Abley, author of Strange Bewildering Time

Dangerous Memory takes readers on a vivid, rollicking journey.” —Stephen Maher, author of The Prince

“Charlie Angus has long been a rare voice speaking truth to power.” — Linda McQuaig, author and journalist