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CBC Host, Award-Winning Author and Indie-Rock Alumnus Grant Lawrence Shares Tell-All Memoir about Life on the Road.

Dirty Windshields is the long-awaited memoir from esteemed author and radio personality, Grant Lawrence, uncovering the hilarious (and salacious) details from sixteen years of touring as the lead singer of infamous Vancouver-born rock and roll band, The Smugglers.

At a time when 90s references dominate millennial culture, Dirty Windshields takes readers on a behind-the-scenes journey through the various music scenes of the early 1990s, revisiting legendary clubs, bars and concert venues across Canada, the U.S., Australia and Europe.

Formed when most members were still in high school, The Smugglers gained international popularity during the grunge explosion when Lawrence, working as a concert promoter, organized major shows for superstar bands of the day such as Nirvana, Green Day and Bad Religion

Lawrence chronicles his own booze-fuelled, broke, and wayward attempts at rock and roll glory. Spanning more than a decade, the book reveals all the highs and lows of the road––from headlining New York’s legendary CBGB club to starting a riot in Denver and engaging in a mysterious tuxedo heist in Australia.

Amidst fights, sexual misadventures, dance contests and mayhem lies the compelling story of the growth of an independent, do-it-yourself band. Told with Lawrence’s signature self-deprecating wit, Dirty Windshields celebrates five friends on the edge of a groundbreaking movement that would leave a mark on music for decades to come.

Grant Lawrence is the author of The Lonely End of the Rink (Douglas & McIntyre, 2013) and Adventures in Solitude (Harbour Publishing, 2010). He hosts the award-winning CBC Radio 3 Podcast and can also be heard on various CBC Radio One programs such as North by Northwest, All Points West and On the Coast. He is married to musician Jill Barber and they live in Vancouver, BC, with their two children.





Douglas & McIntyre

March 2017

ISBN 978-1-77162-148-9

Paperback – Trade

6” x 9” – 320 pages

Biography & Autobiography / Composers & Musicians

$26.95 CAD


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