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Toronto author looks at 1980s Kensington punk scene

"Dirty, Drunk, and Punk: The Twisted Crazy Story of the Bunchofuckingoofs", a new book that traces the history of Toronto's most notorious punk band, has hit book shelves to rave reviews. The book, researched and written by Torontonian Jennifer Morton looks at how the Bunchofuckingoofs grew into the stuff of legend after establishing Fort Goof, a series of club houses, speakeasys, music venues and squats that took over Kensginton market in the early 1980s.

"I grew up in the Goofs era, saw them several times at venues like Larry's Hideaway, went to a few late night booze-cans at Fort Goof, and had a good friend who dropped out and more or less moved in with them for a while, and Dirty, Drunk and Punk feels like a true and real account of the band and their weird, storied, anarchic, nihilistic history."

"The thing that made the Goofs such a force was their blend of out-of-control, violent insanity (they'd smash TVs on stage, open beer bottles with chainsaws, dive off Fort Goof into the mountain of empty beer cans in the back yard, get into chain-fights with Nazi skinhead raiders) and their strong ethic of mutual aid, compassion, and social justice. Crazy Steve Goof, the band's founder and non-leader, ran for city council twice, led a campaign to get hard drugs out of Kensington Market, and took in waifs and screwups by the hundreds."

"Dirty, Drunk and Punk's story is told on a backdrop of photos, gig sheets, fliers, news clippings and other detritus and ephemera, artfully collaged behind text that has the screw-you madness of punk band fliers. Morton interviews the Goofs, their friends, their enemies, the law, their hangers-on (even my friend who ended up living with the band), and develops a kind of collective memoir of the band and the era they representedů Dirty, Drunk and Punk is a fantastic trip through the story they made for themselves."

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