Making the Scene: Yorkville and Hip Toronto in the 1960s
By Stuart Henderson
8vo. pp. 384. 16 b/w illustrations. index. wrs. (two small nicks to spine). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, .
ISBN-10: 1442610719 / ISBN-13: 9781442610712
During the 1960s, Toronto's Yorkville district attracted thousands of hippies, bikers, artists, musicians, and curious on-lookers alike. Always a contested space, the neighbourhood served as an island of countercultural vibrancy in the centre of 'Toronto the Good'. It was a kaleidoscopic scene: a music lover's fantasy, a magnet for young drifters, a street theatre, a flashpoint for controversy, a perpetual black party, a media obsession, and a place where sex was almost as easy to come y as marijuana, speed, and LSD.
Critically examining the dramatic story of hip Yorkville's tumultuous years in the spotlight, Making the Scene offers new and exciting ways to think about counterculture, dissent, and the construction and performance of 'hip' identities.