Launching a book in the weirdest of years
Broken Social Scene. Arcade Fire. Destroyer, I stopped after album 6. There was a lot of that where I might have listened to an artist for a period of time and stopped. I approached each one starting at album 1 and going chronologically to the last. It was a lot of fun. We still sell a huge chunk of them in the store, so it was fun for customers too I think. Lots of 'oh yeah I forgot about them' !
Hearts On Fire was a great read !! It's an important book and for me, much like HNBS, it made me care about bands I was not necessarily a fan of, in fact, I was excited to listen.
Each chapter prompted a deep dive and it was a rewarding one.
Many of my opinions were revised.
It's a big book, but as someone who reads many dozen music books a year, I appreciate the length. Nothing is comprehensive at 200 pages long.
The kids asked me what I wanted for Christmas. Here's my text: "A book. Michael Barclay's - Hearts on Fire. Six Years that changed Canadian Music. 2000-2005"