Sheldon Birnie

Oct 4, 2023

Missing Like Teeth

An Oral History of Winnipeg Underground Rock

‎ Eternal Cavalier Press 2015

From 1990 to 2001, while the popular radio waves were consumed with the buzz of grunge and alternative rock, Winnipeg managed to craft a unique underground music scene that moved in its own direction. At once informed by their predecessors and stubbornly determined to create the art that they wanted to see made, bands like Kittens, Propagandhi, and the Weakerthans built on this foundation and ultimately found success beyond the Perimeter Highway, though they always remained true to the values and defiant spirit that first allowed them to crawl up from the muddy banks of the Red River. Wild and uninhibited, it’s a sound and a time that has captivated author Sheldon Birnie since his first forays into the turgid waters of the city’s underground during his family’s yearly summer pilgrimages across the prairie from their home in BC. Now firmly entrenched in the city, Birnie has gone to painstaking lengths to document one of the most important decades in Winnipeg’s musical history. Through detailed research and extensive interviews, Missing Like Teeth: An Oral History of Winnipeg Underground Rock, 1900-2001 (‎Eternal Cavalier Press, 2015) paints a vivid picture of the Heart of the Continent and the characters that inhabited its tiny stages from 1990 to 2001.

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