Hearts on Fire: Six Years That Changed Canadian Music 2000-2005


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ECW Press
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6.44 X 9.19 X 1.77 inches | 2.33 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Barclay is the author of the 2018 national bestseller The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip. He is also a co-author of Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985-95, to which this book could be considered a sequel. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.


"A thorough and intriguing history made no less appealing by its length. For pop music historians and fans, particularly of Canadian bands from 2000 to 2005, whether they know it or not." -- Library Journal
"This book is catnip for me. There is no Arkells if not for so many of the artists chronicled here. I was a teenager when I started going to clubs to see all of these acts, and it informed so much of the way I think about being in a band. This era of Canadian music is revered in my mind, so it is amazing to have the curtain pulled back to reveal the goals, temperaments, and egos of my heroes. A must-read for anyone who wants to celebrate the golden age of Canadian indie rock music." -- Max Kerman, Arkells
"Hearts on Fire is a love letter to a seminal time in our country's collective music history sometimes forgotten. At nearly 600 pages, ample space is devoted to revealing the rich sonic landscapes these artists created and painting a vivid picture of their divergent paths to success." -- Toronto Star
"Sets out the when, why, how and magnitude of the change, with reams of granular details and an eye for practicalities." -- Maclean's
"Hearts on Fire is an ambitious project from an accomplished journalist, a wellspring of anecdotes and testimony wrought from more than 100 exclusive interviews and two decades of research ... While Hearts on Fire spends a portion of its vast length looking at industry trends, the majority is made up of seventeen thematic chapters, each of which displays the research and scope of a master's thesis, but with better storytelling ... This is a bible: an extensive catalogue of who worked in which bar, who slept on whose shabby couch, or which chance encounter ultimately resulted in a generational classic ... a time capsule of optimism and creativity, and a reminder of what's possible." -- Literary Review of Canada