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January-February 2018

REVIEW: New collection explores Vancouver weekly’s bicentennial

Inside Georgia Straight: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Lisa Whittington-Hill

9781771602525_grandeGeorgia Straight: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
By Doug Sarti and Dan McLeod
Rocky Mountain Books, $40.00

Vancouver alternative weekly the Georgia Straight is 50. To celebrate, long-time staff members Sarti and McLeod have put together a beautiful history of the newspaper’s covers. Charting the Straight’s evolution from an underground newspaper to an entertainment weekly, this collection includes more than 100 iconic covers. From 1960s counter-culture to 1990s Y2K hysteria, the covers are a visual retelling of the events, issues, and people the newspaper has reported on over its five decades. Also included are essays by Bob Geldof—who worked at the paper from 1973 to 1975—Bif Naked, and Paul Watson, as well as the inside scoop on the covers from contributors.

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