Missing Like Teeth: An oral history of Winnipeg underground rock 1990-2001

Cover-Front-300“From 1990 to 2001, while the popular radio waves were consumed with the buzz of grunge and alternative rock, Winnipeg managed to craft a unique underground music scene that moved in its own direction. At once informed by their predecessors and stubbornly determined to create the art that they wanted to see made, bands like Kittens, Propagandhi, and the Weakerthans built on this foundation and ultimately found success beyond the Perimeter Highway, though they always remained true to the values and defiant spirit that first allowed them to crawl up from the muddy banks of the Red River. Wild and uninhibited, it’s a sound and a time that has captivated author Sheldon Birnie since his first forays into the turgid waters of the city’s underground during his family’s yearly summer pilgrimages across the prairie from their home in BC. Now firmly entrenched in the city, Birnie has gone to painstaking lengths to document one of the most important decades in Winnipeg’s musical history. Through detailed research and extensive interviews, Missing Like Teeth paints a vivid picture of the Heart of the Continent and the characters that inhabited its tiny stages from 1990 to 2001.”

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Down in the Flood

cover 2Down in the Flood is the story of a man lost in a sea of women, whisky and bad weather; a tale of recklessness set to the backdrop of the Canadian prairies. . . Short of the emotional journey, readers will also surely identify with the highs and lows these characters go through in terms of, well, their drinking stories. A lot of us have been there before and Birnie manages to take us right back in ways that aren’t heavy handed or hacky. They’re reminders of the headaches but also the excitement a night of boozing can bring.” – Ryan Harby, The Manitoban

Down in the Flood is available in Winnipeg at McNally Robinson. Inquire to mail order while copies remain.