Release details: Missing Like Teeth-An Oral History of Winnipeg Underground Rock 1990-2001

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Eternal Cavalier Press is proud to announce the release details of their 4th title, Missing Like Teeth: An Oral History of Winnipeg Underground Rock 1990-2001.

Written by Winnipeg-based author Sheldon Birnie (Winnipeg Free Press, Noisey, Exclaim!) Missing Like Teeth is a fascinating oral history unlike any other that documents a city unlike any other.

To some, Winnipeg is Canada’s forgotten city. Stay a little longer and the real Winnipeg will reveal itself: a hard city, built on strong characters fearless in their pursuit of art that defies genres and expectations. Over the years, this fearlessness has led to the development of one of the country’s most thriving underground rock scenes. And Birnie was relentless in his pursuit of capturing that scene.

Missing Like Teeth will be available at select independent bookstores across Canada, from online retailers as well as the Eternal Cavalier Press website on October 24th.

Sheldon Birnie is available for interviews. Please contact Adam Kesek to arrange an interview.

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 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, but always remained true to the values and underground 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 Sheldon Birnie since his first forays into the turgid waters of the city’s underground. 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.

“I feel like we’re really connected by our basements in a way here that doesn’t exist in other places,” says The Weakerthans’ John K. Samson in Missing Like Teeth. “And a real uniqueness due to isolation. The physical isolation of Winnipeg will never be entirely overcome.”

Eternal Cavalier Press and The Windsor Hotel will celebrate the release with the official “Book Launch Bash” featuring musical performances from local luminaries Johnny Sizzle and Breath Grenades and a discussion of the book with Sheldon Birnie. More acts will be announced soon. This launch will be the first opportunity to grab on this brand new volume of local music history.

Saturday, October 24 at The Windsor Hotel, Winnipeg (187 Garry St.)
+18 / 10pm / $5 cover