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Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver's Historic Commodore Ballroom Paperback – Oct 20 2014

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press (Oct. 20 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551525666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551525662
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By reading the book you'll surmise that [Chapman's] research on the subject of the Commodore was insane, but it's his insights beyond the bouncy dance floor that connect the pieces of the puzzle. He manages to weave in knowledge of the varying states of our entire city throughout, making this book a must-read for not only music lovers but for anyone who wants to know more about the history of Vancouver. -Vancouver Is Awesome (Vancouver Is Awesome 2014-12-01)

Chapman has painted a colourful portrait of a city at play, richly illustrated with photographs of performers and staff and vintage posters ... The legendary ballroom has found its poet laureate. -Vancouver Sun (Vancouver Sun 2014-11-20)

A blazing new illustrated history of the fabled room that's hosted most of the figures who have made a big musical dent in Vancouver ... Indispensable. -Georgia Straight (Georgia Straight 2014-12-18)

What made the book so brilliant? I felt as though I was reading what could easily be turned into a moving and captivating Ken Burns documentary about Vancouver's entertainment history. ( 2014-12-18)

Chapman takes us through the history of the historic music venue at 870 Granville Street, with such remarkable insight into the musical acts who've played there, as well as interviews with the people front and back of house, who've made the Commodore the place for music. But his gift at writing history, is evoking the many eras of the nearly 85 year old venue, that you feel as though you've danced to big band music in the 30s, 40s, and 50s, or gotten up close to a musical act in the 70s and 80s, that you could read the time off their watch ... [and] Chapman's buoyant, sharp and confident writing that keeps us engaged in this book. ( 2014-12-18)

Live at the Commodore scans the venerable venue's long history and delivers stories about those who took to the stage and those that made the club run, including infamous bouncers. -The Province (The Province 2014-12-18)

About the Author

Aaron Chapman is a writer, historian, and musician with a special interest in Vancouver's entertainment history. He is the author of The Last Gang in Town, the story of Vancouver's Clark Park Gang; Liquor, Lust, and the Law, the story of Vancouver's Penthouse Nightclub, now available in a second edition; and Live at the Commodore, a history of the Commodore Ballroom that won the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award (BC Book Prizes) in 2015. He lives in Vancouver.

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