Trouble in the Camera Club: A Photographic Narrative of Toronto's Punk History 1976-1980

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?Trouble in the Camera Club features over 300 photographs by Don Pyle and another 200 images of related ephemera from the earliest days of Toronto’s punk music scene, featuring early gigs by Toronto bands like The Viletones, Teenage Head, The Curse, The Diodes, and The Ugly, and visiting punks the Ramones, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, The Clash, Vibrators, The Stranglers, and other artists influential to the punk movement including Bryan Ferry, David Bowie, and Cheap Trick. Starting in 1976, at age 14, Don Pyle witnessed and photographed some of the earliest gigs of Toronto punk acts and many of the artists whose sensibilities aligned with this new, festering subculture. According to Steven Leckie of The Viletones, Pyle’s photographs “made everyone look heroic, as good as Annie Leibovitz and Linda McCartney.” In 1977, Pyle bought a 35mm camera and joined his high school’s camera club to learn how to develop and print, and to get free chemicals for processing. His trial-and-error education in photography resulted in a collection of images that, 30-something years later, are as much historic document as they are pictures of an under-represented and significant period in Toronto’s musical cultural development. Scratched, water-marked, and dusty negatives were restored to reveal his hidden history of the revolution. Numerous artists that have since passed away are captured in this book in their creative prime, frozen in youthful self-absorbed beauty. These are photos taken by a kid in awe of what he was seeing and who was pressed against the stage at every gig, not by a “professional” who observed from the sidelines. Trouble in the Camera Club is a one-of-a-kind photo-documentary of this golden moment – the birth of punk.

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Brimming with nostalgia for one of the few major music movements of the last 30 years, this visual journey through punk history lays witness to the high-water mark of a golden era in music. In 1977, before he entered on to the punk scene himself, Don Pyle bought a 35 mm camera and began photographing some of the earliest gigs of Toronto punk acts and other visiting punk artists. His trial-and-error education in photography resulted in this collection of images that document the early history of punk rock in Toronto and its influence on the local music scene, from the point of view of an awestruck fan. Influential punk musicians such as the Ramones, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, and The Clash, as well as Toronto bands such as The Viletones, Teenage Head, and The Curse, are captured at their creative prime, on the forefront of a musical revolution. The original scratched, water-marked negatives have been completely restored and together with authentic ephemera reveal a significant yet underrepresented period in Toronto’s musical cultural development.

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Don Pyle is a musician and a producer who has released 12 albums, created music for films and television, and produced recordings for other artists. For 11 years, he was a member of the Juno Award-winning band Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet. Steven Leckie was the lead vocalist and a founding member of the Canadian punk rock group The Viletones. He now fronts the band Steven Leckie and the Solutions. They both live in Toronto, Ontario.

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