Through poetry and art, Doug Barron provides a thought-provoking eclectic journey through his life in Nova Scotia and his varied occupations in media. Sometimes serious, oftentimes whimsical, this collection displays a highly inventive iconoclastic mind constantly at work trying to make sense of the world around him.
Readers will encounter Doug's unique elemental stories about urban life in Halifax, family reunions, DJ encounters, surfing, early life in Kitchener, working for the CBC, Frenchy's, coffee, Scrabble, love, destiny, fame, band names, rock gigs gone bad, drummers, fish and chips, Firesign Theatre, religion and potato salad.
It's a wild ride and not like any book you'd expect to find on a shelf. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Doug Barron.
About the author
Doug Barron was a Canadian musician, broadcaster, actor and writer who created music, film and art since the mid-1970s when he arrived in Halifax in a chocolate brown Volkswagen bug with a set of drumsticks and a Casio keyboard. During his lifetime, Doug helped launch rockers' careers in Toronto and in the east. As a musician he could make almost anything happen if he put his mind to it: experimental music, straight-on rock'n'roll (with a twist), country twang tunes or off-the-wall experimental masterpieces. Doug was also an actor, filmmaker and CBC radio personality fondly known as Deputy Doug.
"Barron had at one-time embraced Hippiedom. His physical appearance, flamboyant dress sense and his moral stance anticipated the climate. He looked and sounded like nothing else before or since."
"The Trance Atlantic Trip album was a radical departure melodically, structurally, and chordally from the rock and roll modes and licks of the time. We should revere this album, and not blame Barron for the idiot children it spawned."
—Electronic Pulse Quarterly