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Skinheads, Fur Traders, and Djs

The true story of a legend of Canadian pop culture broadcasting and the way he got his start: working for the Hudson's Bay Company in the Northwest Territories as a fur trader -- in the 1970s.

Skinheads, Fur Traders, and DJs is the true story of a precocious, pop-loving teenager who, in the early 1970s, went from London's discotheques to the Canadian sub-arctic to work for the Hudson's Bay Company. His job? Buying furs and helping run the trading post in the settlement of Eskimo Point, Northwest Territories (population: 750).

That young man was Kim Clarke Champniss, who would later become a VJ on MuchMusic. His extraordinary adventures unfolded in a chain of "On the Road" experiences across Canada that led him to Vancouver, where he became a nightclub DJ at the height of the disco craze. His mind-boggling journey, from London, to the far Canadian North, to the spotlight, is the stuff of music and TV legends. Kim brings his incredible knowledge of music and pop culture and the history of disco music weaving them into this wild story of his exciting and uniquely crazy 1970s.
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Table of Contents

1. London 2. Damned Young 3. The Discotheque 4. Trouble 5. The Interview 6. Canada 7. Eskimo Point 8. Winter 9. Spring 10. Summer Melt 11. Winnipeg 12. Calgary 13. England 1975 14. The Incident in Vancouver 15. DJ Skills 16. The Wedding 17. Pharaoh's 18. Australia 19. The Beats 20. Vancouver Summers 21. Saturday Night Fever 22. I Will Survive 23. New World Order Acknowledgements

About the Author

Kim Clarke Champniss (a.k.a. KCC) is an award-winning broadcaster who was a popular VJ on MuchMusic and special assignment reporter for The NewMusic. KCC is also the author of The Republic of Rock 'n' Roll. He lives in Toronto.


I liked the writing style and found his story interesting. * Teena in Toronto * Sparkles with particular brightness when Champniss is recounting his teenage dalliances with bikers and skinheads, punks and new wavers ... His razor sharp observations make the characters brim-full of energy. * Hope Collective * Champniss writes well and makes life sound exciting even in difficult times. * Evilcyclist * Anyone interested in the Arctic, pop music, youth culture, and that mystical period known as the '70s will find Clarke Champniss's story immensely entertaining. * Publishers Weekly *

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