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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (April 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442610719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442610712
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,422,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Making the Scene is a crackling good read... Henderson brings historian's eye for detail to the proceedings and also a socio-anthropologist's penchant for primary research, making Making the Scene a compelling and stimulating read... A detached, non-sentimental and objective account of Canada's most lively countercultures and the impact that resonates to this day.' (Zachary Houle Popmatters: July 12, 2011)

Brilliantly conceived and engaging, Stuart Henderson's Making the Scene: Yorkville and Hip Toronto in the 1960s, argues that counterculture is performed by actors "within", not outside, of the cultural process...This book is a masterful piece about an important episode in Canadian youth culture and ideological history. (CHA Clio Prize Committee)

Making the Scene presents a rich variety of contemporary and retrospective depictions woven together with more general ruminations upon the nature of the place, performance, and projection onto the screen of wider popular culture that was, at the time, Canada’s preeminent “hip” neighbourhood…This capably documented and artfully told account of hip Yorkville in the 1960s makes an indispensable contribution.’ (Mike Mowbray Canadian Journal of Sociology; vol 37:03:2012)

‘Stuart Henderson has provided a richly layered history of some of the people and cultural trends of Canada’s 1960.’

(Michael Boudreau Canadian Historical Review, vol 94:02:2013)

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'Making the Scene is unique among histories of the 1960s in the way that it casts Yorkville—both a geographic and imaginative space—as the protagonist of its narrative. Using an impressive array of current theoretical approaches, Stuart Henderson untangles the strands of rebellion that marked one of Canada's most turbulent decades and a critical period in Toronto's development. His careful and nuanced analysis reveals that Yorkville was a thoroughly contested space, even among participants who otherwise shared similar backgrounds and outlooks. Making the Scene is both a solid contribution to research, and an enjoyable discussion of Yorkville's lasting impact on the regional and national imagination.' (Robert Teigrob, Department of History, Ryerson University)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By judes on December 25, 2012
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I enjoyed this book as a detailed but well written account of Yorkville when it was a beatnik and the hippie haven. Toronto in the 60's had its own unique history perhaps not as interesting as New York or Montreal but unique. I'm glad Stuart has documented Toronto's history here.
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