The Georgia Straight

The Georgia Straight

A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Book - 2017
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This highly illustrated and beautifully produced coffee-table book brings together over 100 of the Georgia Straight's iconic covers, along with short essays, insider details and contributor reflections.

For 50 years the Georgia Straight has served as the voice of reason during a number of turbulent times. With fearless tenacity, the Straight has always taken the good fight to the powers that be, whether they come in the form of big business, city hall, the provincial legislature, parliament or just plain human folly.

While known for hard-hitting journalism and pointed prose, the Straight has also always been a purposely visual publication. With eye-catching design strongly reflecting the times - from '60s psychedelia to new-millennium computer graphics - the newspaper has charted a course through both artistic trends and meaningful writing.

Together in one place for the first time, this collection of Straight covers spans five decades of newsworthy figures, events, issues and pop culture. A visual time capsule of sorts, it's a significant graphic chronicle of both the counterculture and recent Vancouver history - after all, if it was important, entertaining or inspiring, the Straigth covered it.

With work from a multitude of artists using various media and contrasting styles, this collection illustrates - literally - how the Straight was able to seize the moral high ground in the culture wars and turn civil disobedience into an art form.

Publisher: [Victoria, B.C.] : Rocky Mountain Books, [2017]
ISBN: 9781771602525
177160252X
Branch Call Number: 071.1 G35s
Characteristics: 300 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 26 cm

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MikeEe
Apr 04, 2018

Fun, fun, fun!

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mr_chocolate
Mar 13, 2018

Well worth the time to look at this book of 100 covers and descriptions, of the Georgia Straight issues since the beginning in February 1967, with it's first issue on May 5-10, 1967.
There is an introduction by Bob Geldof, former Boomtown Rats leader and was behind the efforts of Band Aid and Live Aid (worked at the Georgia Straight from 1973 to 1975), an essay by Michael Harcourt, former Vancouver City Mayor and B.C. Premier ("we're a city that has enjoyed 50 years of the Georgia Straight. Congratulations, Dan and family!"),Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd Society activist, Biff Naked, singer and songwriter ("Georgia Straight continued to be my hometown bible when I was home, and it made me happy every single Thursday. I looked forward to it and sought it out"), and also a prologue by Dan McLeod, the owner and publisher since first issue
The only things lacking, were pages showing all of the cover history, even if it meant no description. Some incredible art work and a visit down memory lane, which was a shame to not have shown your complete cover history!
The prices of the concerts were not given after awhile for some reason, perhaps because of the high prices, but still would have been another feature to have continued with throughout the history of live acts.

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