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House of Anansi Press

This Book is Broken

A Broken Social Scene Story

Written by Stuart Berman • Foreword by Brendan Canning • Foreword by Kevin Drew

Published May 16, 2009 | ISBN 9781770890589

Cover of This Book is Broken

Regular price $16.95 CAD

192 pages
Digital Format

About this book

This Book is Broken

A Broken Social Scene Story

Stuart Berman • Brendan Canning • Kevin Drew

The year was 2000. The alternative music scene had all but died, and pre-packaged pop stars had filled the vacuum. But in a basement apartment in the heart of downtown Toronto, two musicians were forming a creative partnership that would revive the mass appeal of indie music and forever change how we think of a band.

In this biography of the ever-evolving indie-rock collective, Broken Social Scene, music columnist Stuart Berman tracks the group's inception by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning; groundbreaking performances at Ted's Wrecking Yard that raised the band's local status to mythical proportions; Broken Social Scene's meteoric rise upon the release of breakout album You Forgot It In People; the creation of Arts & Crafts records with music-biz maverick Jeffrey Remedios; and life on the road with revolving bandmates, including members of Stars, Metric, The Dears, and international pop sensation Feist.

Stuart Berman has drawn from hours of interviews with members and affiliates of Broken Social Scene, and exclusive, never-before-seen photographs, gig posters, and artwork to create a spectacular oral and visual history of this ever-evolving indie-rock collective.

About the Creators

Stuart Berman

Stuart Berman is a music journalist who lives in Toronto. Follow Stuart Berman on Twitter:

Brendan Canning

Brendan Canning is one of Canada's leading musicians and lives in Toronto.

Kevin Drew

Kevin Drew is one of Canada's leading musicians and lives in Toronto.