No Flash, Please! Underground Music in Toronto 1987-92 By Derek von Essen and Phil Saunders

I’ve never been to Toronto. It’s way over on the other side of the country, and I have never had the opportunity to go. I have always been interested, and this book makes me want to go even more. The thing is, that this book encapsulates a time that has long gone. It was a fun time. It was my time. Even though I was the West Coast, it is clear through the photographs and stories in this book, that the punk rock scene in Toronto was a blast.

So many photos of so many shows! The bigger bands of the era interspersed with locals. There is an intimacy about it that brings back the memories of shows back then. It was a time when punk rock and hardcore were blurring into indie rock and alternative. Bands were touring like crazy and people were documenting it like never before. This book is a testament to the time and the city. Highly recommended. –Ty Stranglehold (Anvil Press, anvilpress.com)