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Davy the Punk

Bob Bossin

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ISBN 10: 0889843694 / ISBN 13: 9780889843691
Published by The Porcupine's Quill, 2014
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In the first half of the 20th century, Toronto prided itself on being 'Toronto the Good'. But Davy the Punk's Toronto was tantalizingly bad.In the 1930s Davy Bossin was known in the gambling underworld as 'Davy the Punk'. He was the city's top layoff man, the 'bookies' bookie' who connected Toronto to the continental betting racket. Later he ran the Toronto terminus of the notorious race wire, the underground information network essential to the gambling industry. By the 1940s, that put Davy in the crosshairs of the law's efforts to quash organized crime.To see Davy Bossin, you would never have guessed it. Outwardly, he was so taciturn that some thought him mute. ('What you don't say can't be used against you,' he taught his son.) But at the right time, among 'right' guys, Davy was a consummate storyteller, regaling his pals with outrageous tales of horse-race gambling, the mob and the underside of show biz. Eagerly taking it all in was his son, Bobby, who would grow up to be Canadian indie music pioneer Bob Bossin, a revered storyteller in his own right.Now 70 years after his fatherís precedent-setting legal battle, Bob tells the story of Davy the Punk. By turns funny, maddening, insightful and moving, it is both a memoir of father and son and an eye-opening reconsideration of law-breakers and lawmen, of the Great Migration, and of the distressingly anti-Semitic Canada left out of the history books. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12317998971

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Title: Davy the Punk

Publisher: The Porcupine's Quill

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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Celebrated Canadian folk singer Bob Bossin tells the story of his father's life in the gambling underworld of the 1930s and 40s. By turns a touching memoir of father and son and an insightful social history, Davy the Punk is packed with street-wise stories and troubling revelations about Canada in the 20th century.

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Born in Toronto in 1946, Bob Bossin has spent 40 years writing and performing music and stories, including as the founder of the legendary Canadian folk group, Stringband. Called "funny, informative and inspiring at the same time" by Pete Seeger, Bossin has recorded a dozen albums, performed all over the world and added a number of songs to the Canadian folk canon. His essays and journalism have appeared in many major Canadian newspapers and magazines. He has also written several plays and poems. Concurrent with the release of Davy the Punk, Bossin will be touring a live one-man musical about his father. He lives on Gabriola Island B.C. with his son, Davy, and his partner, visual artist Sima Elizabeth Shefrin.

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