Cold Glitter: The Untold Story of Canadian Glam (Paperback)

Pre-Order Now Badge
Cold Glitter: The Untold Story of Canadian Glam By Robert Dayton Cover Image
Available for Pre-Order Now


Cold Glitter: The Untold Story of Canadian Glam uncovers a forgotten yet fascinating chapter on glam rock music and culture...from Canada.

Los Angeles-based multi-disciplinary artist Robert Dayton taps his Canadian roots to reveal mind-blowing stories of musicians fighting to be heard. It's a universal story of determined creators striving to make their voices heard. Dayton has spent years researching and interviewing these ground-breaking musicians trapped by geography, colonial mindsets, and the difficulties of penetrating the cultural behemoth that is the United States.

There's no denying that glam rock was marginalized in Canada. In fact, RCA almost didn't release the 1973 Bowie-produced Lou Reed album "Transformer" in Canada because they didn't see a market for it. Of course, they were wrong Cold Glitter gets at the reasons why: nature vs. artifice, old world values vs. new freedoms, and how transgressive actions--including gender play, as well as intense stories from these top acts on how they were run out of town for appearing outrageous.

Filled with stories from musicians about what they did to build a career and fight against the old guard controlling the airwaves and stages. Readers everywhere will find solidarity with the all-too-familiar story of artists who were attacked for appearing outrageous and daring to be different. Within the struggle to be fabulous are anecdotes of fun and mayhem. Readers will be taken back to the seventies as they meet the unknown and infamous musicians and artists who dared to be glamorous. Familiar names like magician Doug Henning, Vancouver band Sweeney Todd and their lead singer Nick Gilder, and his replacement, Bryan Adams, to underground heroes like The Dishes, to hundreds of musicians who put away their mascara and left their glamorous wild days behind.

Cold Glitter is filled with rare (and sometimes outrageous) images throughout and additional chapters on glam fashion, film, and comedy in Canada. You'll be amazed to discover how many of their favorite artists were and are secretly Canadian.

About the Author

Originally from Fort St. John, British Columbia, Robert Daytonis a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, performer, and comedian. His writingsand visual artwork have appeared in numerous publications, books, andexhibits. His next book Cold Glitter: The Untold Story of Canadian Glam, willbe published by Feral House in 2024. His previous book, The Empty Bed, published by Impulse[b] is a pen-and-ink humor book about heartbreak. Daytonhas performed across North America and Australia as The Canadian Romantic, wherehe manifests as a series of videos, live performances, a doll, an art bookpublished by PITT Projects, and a winking photo to make people everywhere feelmore attractive. He has acted in independent and art movies, including onecalled "Male Fantasy." His collaborative musical performance and recordingprojects include song-and-dance duo Canned Hamm, the 'no two shows the same'multi-piece July Fourth Toilet, acid-downer-folk group Points Gray, andRomantic Glam band Hallmark. Besides these projects, he has also released solomaterial, including an EP called "Someone Is Out to Kill Me." He hasbeen a muse to such diverse artists as Destroyer and Tonetta, who have eachwritten songs about him with such titles as "Canadian Lover." Daytonholds an MFA from the University of Waterloo.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781627311540
ISBN-10: 1627311548
Publisher: Feral House
Publication Date: September 17th, 2024
Pages: 360
Language: English