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Performing Arts History & Criticism

Bruce McDonald's 'Hard Core Logo'

by (author) Paul McEwan

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2011
Category
History & Criticism, General, Canadian
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781442644526
    Publish Date
    Aug 2011
    List Price
    $58.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781442612730
    Publish Date
    Jul 2011
    List Price
    $27.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442660779
    Publish Date
    Jul 2011
    List Price
    $21.95

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Description

Consistently ranked as one of the best Canadian movies of all time, punk-rock mockumentary Hard Core Logo (1996) documents the last-ditch reunion tour of an aging rock band led by vocalist Joe Dick (Hugh Dillon). Well received by critics at the time of its release, the film continues to enjoy a devoted international cult following.

This entertaining analysis of Hard Core Logo explores many of the film's key themes, including the responsibility of documentary filmmakers to their subjects, the development of close male relationships, and the relationship between art and commerce in Canada, especially for touring musicians. Paul McEwan examines Hard Core Logo in the context of other adaptations of Michael Turner's 1993 novel of the same name, as well as against other films from McDonald's celebrated career. Featuring interviews with McDonald himself and others involved in the film, Bruce McDonald's ‘Hard Core Logo’ provides an engaging look at one of Canada's most mythologized movies.

About the author

Paul McEwan is an associate professor in the Department of Media and Communication and the director of Film Studies at Muhlenberg College.

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