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Fresh At Twenty: The Oral History of Mint Records


Fresh At Twenty: The Oral History of Mint Records by Kaitlin Fontana

Ever wonder how our label came to be? Or better yet, what keeps it going? Sometimes we do too!

Well, here's your chance to hear it from the bands themselves in this unprecedented, unadulterated oral history! With stories from Randy & Bill, Grant Lawrence, Tankhog, cub, A.C. Newman, and so many more! Of course, no Mint story is complete without a preface by Nardwuar The Human Serviette!

From the jacket:

Fresh at Twenty: The Oral History of Mint Records is first and foremost the story of an independent record label and the people who helped build it. But it’s also the story of a place and time in popular music–Vancouver through the 1990s and 2000s. Mint helped launch the careers of the New Pornographers, Neko Case, the Evaporators, the Smugglers, the Sadies, the Pack A.D. and countless other acts. In doing so, Mint not only shaped the sound of Vancouver at the end of the 20th century, but helped usher in a golden age of Canadian popular music that still thrives today.

Now, on the eve of Mint’s 20th anniversary, the people who recorded the albums, drove cross-country in failing vans, and made Vancouver pop music matter, speak for the first time about the label that they love–and that truly loves them back.

“Kaitlin Fontana has managed to masterfully capture a modern era in Canadian independent music where anything and everything felt possible. Most of the time it wasn’t, but sometimes it was, and I was really happy to be a part of it all for so long. This is and important book for anyone who wants to understand how delirious, frustrating, and glorious the music industry can really be. Fresh at Twenty is a rare, in-depth insider story that shocked even me … and I lived it.” – Grant Lawrence, CBC Radio host, author of Adventures in Solitude

“Kaitlin Fontana’s Fresh at Twenty will have all the cool kids pretending they were there when cub ruled the world—and given how thorough and entertaining this oral history is, they’ll probably be able to fake it.” – Kyle Anderson, author of Accidental Revolution: The Story of Grunge