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Book Review | Max Webster: High Class by Bob Wegner

Canada's most-beloved also-rans get their long-overdue due in this essential tome.

When I’m not listening, watching or posting about music, I’m probably reading about it in a memoir or biography. Like this one:


Max Webster: High Class
By Bob Wegner

Can a band be criminally underappreciated and universally beloved at the same time? Sure — just look at Max Webster.

Singer-guitarist Kim Mitchell and co. unleashed a slew of innovative, irreverent and indisputably iconic CanCon classics between the late ’70s and early ’80s. But even with the backing of their labelmates, tourmates and pals in Rush, they could never snag the brass ring — or even win a single goddamn Juno, ferchrissake.

Thankfully, superfan, author and musician Bob Wegner gives the band their long-overdue due — and then some — in this exceptional, essential and exhaustively researched read. Part critical bio, part day-by-day diary, this gorgeous 400-page coffee table tome is a vast treasure trove that dives deep into every era and element of the band’s rise and fall. Rare photos and vintage setlists, anecdotes from bandmembers and quotes from old articles (including some of mine), publicity pics and posters, tour dates and ticket stubs; they’re all here — and all smartly, chronoglically organized into the definitive bio of one of Canada’s greatest bands. Not bad for a guy who was too young to see the band in their heyday. Check out a few pages below: