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The Commodore Ballroom: A Living Legend Lives on

Mar 27, 2015 | News, Uncategorized

(photo credits: Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver Public Library Archives, Dee Lippingwell)

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Commodore Ballroom is one of the best-loved music venues in Canada, if not the world.

In the book, Live at the Commodore, BC writer Aaron Chapman delves into the Commodore's archives to reveal fascinating stories about the constellation of characters surrounding the club over the last 80-plus years, as well as startling, funny, and outrageous anecdotes about the legendary acts that have graced its stage. The Commodore Ballroom has played host to a who's-who of music greats: The Police, The Clash, Blondie, Talking Heads, Nirvana, New York Dolls, U2, and, in more recent years, Lady Gaga, Tom Waits, and the White Stripes.

Currently nominated for a BC Book Prize, Live at the Commodore is an example of the estimated 1,000 new and reprinted titles that are produced each year by British Columbia’s publishing industry.

View more books published by Arsenal Pulp Press, as well other BC publishers, who are participating in Read Local BC, a month long public awareness and education campaign that is organized by The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (ABPBC). From April 1 – 22, Read Local BC will showcase the exceptional talent of BC’s storytellers and their publishers with three weeks of events, competitions, book readings and other celebrations that are planned throughout the province.

(Source: Arsenal Pulp Press, Read Local BC Press Release)