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- DescriptionThere was thing but parties in Hogan's Alley , a black musician named Austin Phillips reminisced in 1977, Night time, anytime, and Sundays all day. You could go by at 6 or 7 o'clock in the morning and you could hear the juke boxes going, you hear somebody hammering on the pia, playing the guitar, or hear somebody fighting . The black ghetto of Hogan's Alley was just one of the ethnic neighbourhoods that made the historic Strathcona district the most cosmopolitan and colourful quarter in Vancouver for over a hundred years. Home to Chinatown, Japantown, the Loggers' Skid Row and Little Italy among others, it had been the city's first residential neighbourhood but became the refuge of the city's working and immigrant classes when better-off Vancouverites migrated westward around 1900. By the 1950s planners had declared it a slum slated for demolition, but in the 1960s residents united in a spirited defense that guaranteed Strathcona's survival and revolutionised city planning across Canada. It had long been kwn that some of Vancouver's best stories lurked behind the closed doors of the Strathcona district (rock legend Jimi Hendrix spent part of his childhood living there with his grandmother, who is interviewed in this book.) Between 1977 and 1978, Strathcona writers Daphne Marlatt and Carole Itter undertook to open those doors and collect 50 oral histories representing the best of the stories. First published in 1979 as a double issue of the journal Sound Heritage, Opening Doors has been celebrated as one of the best books about Vancouver you couldn't obtain for love r money. To help mark Vancouver's 125th Anniversary, Harbour is republishing this underground classic as a Raincoast Mograph richly illustrated with vintage photographs.
- Author BiographyDaphne Marlatt , poet, novelist, essayist, oral historian, and Noh dramatist, has been writing and publishing for four decades. Her many titles include Vancouver Poems , Steveston, and most recently, Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now, as well as the novels ZA^3calo, Ana Historic, and Taken. Her novelistic long poem The Given received the 2009 Dorothy Livesay Award. She was awarded the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in 2012.
- Author(s)Carole Itter,Daphne Marlatt
- PublisherHarbour Publishing
- Date of Publication01/07/2011
- SubjectLocal History, Names & Genealogy
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintHarbour Publishing
- Content Noteb/w photos
- Weight830 g
- Width280 mm
- Height215 mm
- Spine13 mm
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