At the end of the 1990s, the most exciting thing about Toronto’s music scene could be summed up in two words: Danko Jones. The fiery and flamboyant frontman of his eponymous band blended the stadium-worthy showmanship of Jimi Hendrix, the hardcore punk intensity of Henry Rollins, and the media-baiting mystery only recently matched by The Weeknd. The cruel irony of Danko Jones, as detailed in The Grid online editor Stuart Berman’s new book, Too Much Trouble: A Very Oral History of Danko Jones, was that once he attained worldwide success, he became an afterthought—a joke even—in his hometown. Jones’s legacy at home and abroad is indisputable, however, as this web of relationships shows.
Click here for a close-up view of the web of Danko.
i) Too Much Trouble release party takes place Oct. 4 at Supermarket (268 Augusta Ave.); Danko Jones’s new album, Rock N’ Roll Is Black and Blue, is out Oct. 9 on Bad Taste Records.