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Dirty Windshields

The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries

by (author) Grant Lawrence

Douglas & McIntyre
Initial publish date
May 2017
Composers & Musicians, Personal Memoirs, Rock
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    Publish Date
    May 2017
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Dirty Windshields is the long-awaited memoir from CBC host and award-winning author Grant Lawrence, baring all the salacious and hilarious details from his touring days as the lead singer of Vancouver-based rock and roll band The Smugglers.

Formed when most of the members were still in high school, The Smugglers came of age during the height of the grunge explosion in the early 1990s, when Grant, working as a concert promoter, put on shows for Nirvana, Green Day and Bad Religion, among many others.

In Dirty Windshields, Grant chronicles the band’s booze-fuelled, sweaty, broke and wayward attempts at rock and roll glory as they trekked across Canada, the United States, and eventually, Europe and the Pacific Rim. In their sixteen years of touring, the Smugglers experienced all the highs and lows the road can offer, from playing a gig at New York’s legendary CBGB club to starting a riot in a Denver nightclub to having their performance tuxes stolen in Australia.

Through the fights, sexual misadventures, new friendships, dance contests and mayhem, the band grew up together on the road. Told with Grant’s signature self-deprecating wit, the anecdotes develop into a compelling story of the growth of an independent, do-it-yourself touring band, a community, and a musical movement. So crack open a semi-cold can of Black Label beer, stick a Smugglers tape into the cassette deck and let the good times roll.

About the author

Grant Lawrence, une personnalité connue du réseau anglais de Radio-Canada, est l’auteur de trois ouvrages pour adultes : Adventures in Solitude, The Lonely End of the Rink et Dirty Windshields. Les deux premiers lui ont mérité un prix Bill Duthie (choix des libraires) aux BC Book Prizes, faisant de Lawrence le premier auteur à être deux fois lauréat. Au cours de sa carrière, Grant Lawrence a aussi remporté un prix Écran canadien, il a été chroniqueur au North Shore News et gardien de but pour l’équipe de hockey de garage les Flying Vees. Il vit à Vancouver avec son épouse Jill Barber et leurs deux enfants.


Grant Lawrence's profile page


  • Winner, IPPY Awards Bronze Medalist - Performing Arts
  • Short-listed, Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award - Performing Arts & Music
  • Short-listed, Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award

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