Early 1960s Truro, Nova Scotia, was a town divided: East/West, Protestant/Catholic, Black/White. Only one thing brought everyone together: a Lincolns' dance. Over a span of ten years, Truro's legendary "kings of Friday night" played their trademark rock 'n' roll, R&B, and soul, not just in Truro but at dances and on campuses from Yarmouth to Sydney, Nova Scotia, and north to Sackville, Moncton, and Saint John, New Brunswick. In the process, The Lincolns changed the lives of small-town kids clamouring for a beat that would move their feet, their hips—and ultimately, their hearts.
Award-winning author A. J. B. Johnston brings personal recollections and nostalgic delight to the tale of Truro's unforgettable rock stars. Through interviews and first-person stories, and featuring photos of the band's evolution, The Lincolns will stir fond memories for the band's countless loyal fans. Featuring a foreword by John MacLachlan Gray and an afterword by Frank MacKay.
About the authors
A.J.B. Johnston has published more than a dozen books and hundreds of articles, a thirty-plus years career studying and writing about 18th-century French colonial history in Acadia. In recognition of his prolific career as a historian and writer, John was invested by France with the title Chevalier of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms). Johnston has now turned his hand to fiction. Long inspired to know more about Thomas Pichon (1700-1781), In his first novel, Thomas, A Secret Life (CBU Press, 2012), Johnston applied his considerable sense of 18th-century French history to imagine young Pichon’s early life in Normandy and Paris. For The Maze, Johnston did extensive research on 18th-century London.
John MacLachlan Gray is the author of a novel, many magazine articles, and several stage musicals. Among his publications are Lost in North America: The Imaginary Canadian in the American Dream (1994), Local Boy Makes Good, and the internationally acclaimed Billy Bishop Goes to War (1982), which he co-wrote with Eric Peterson.MacLachlan has contributed sixty-five satirical pieces for The Journal on CBC Television and is a frequent speaker on cultural issues. Among his many awards are the Governor General’s Award, the Canadian Authors Association Award, and the National Magazine Award.He lives in Vancouver.