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Stuart McLean (1) (1948–2017)

Author of Vinyl Cafe Unplugged

For other authors named Stuart McLean, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Andrew Stuart McLean was born in Montreal, Canada on April 19, 1948. He received a bachelor's degree from Sir George Williams University in 1971. He moved into radio broadcasting after managing a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation journalist's successful campaign for the Montreal City Council. His show more early career involved producing documentaries for Sunday Morning, a current affairs program on the CBC's main English radio network. He was best known for his long-running weekly variety radio show The Vinyl Café. The show was first broadcast in the summer of 1994 and stopped production in late 2015 because of his cancer diagnosis. He wrote 11 books of stories from the program and won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour three times. He taught journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto for 20 years. He died on February 15, 2017 at the age of 68. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Stuart McLean

Vinyl Cafe Unplugged (2000) 475 copies
Home from the Vinyl Cafe (1998) 467 copies
Stories from the Vinyl Cafe (1995) 421 copies
Vinyl Cafe Diaries (2003) 338 copies
Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe (2006) 205 copies
Extreme Vinyl Cafe (2009) 138 copies
Revenge of the Vinyl Cafe (2012) 82 copies
When We Were Young (1996) 80 copies
The Vinyl Cafe Notebooks (2010) 72 copies
Vinyl Cafe Turns the Page (2015) 62 copies
Christmas at the Vinyl Cafe (2017) 56 copies


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Loved this. Perfect short story length to read in the lead-up to Christmas.
ms_rowse | 2 other reviews | Dec 24, 2022 |
Classic Stuart McLean with the experiences of Dave, Morley, Stephanie and Sam. Enjoyable light reading.
David-Block | 12 other reviews | Sep 21, 2022 |
Goodreads recommended this to me because I'm reading [b:Purity|23754479|Purity|Jonathan Franzen|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1438958976l/23754479._SX50_.jpg|43369154]??? I'm pretty sure this book could not be less similar to Purity if it's anything like the radio show. I don't know and I'm not going to read it because that show is one of the most boring things I've ever encountered. I don't care the least bit about Dave and his dad jokes that are billed as witty commentary on Canadian life. Boo. (Not saying anything about the quality of Purity because I've also gotten a little bored with that but for very different reasons).… (more)
ElspethW | 7 other reviews | Feb 26, 2022 |
We lost a great raconteur when Stuart McLean died on February 15 2017. I first got to know Stuart when he did weekly gigs on Morningside, the CBC Radio morning show hosted by Peter Gzowski. In time CBC recognized that Stuart deserved a larger role and The Vinyl Cafe was born. It seemed like the whole country tuned in to see what Dave, Morley and the kids were up to.

The Introduction to this book tells us that the first story "Dave Cooks the Turkey" aired in 1996 and that it was such a hit that Stuart had to do a Christmas story every year thereafter. That spawned a cross-country tour every year with Stuart in his low-key (and oh so Canadian way) delivering stories to rapt audiences. Now this book has collected some of the best of those stories. It ends with the last story that Stuart wrote "The Christmas Card" and I do think it was the best of the lot. For once, Stuart inserted a little personal message into this story. Perhaps he knew there wouldn't be any more.

I like to think that Stuart and Peter Gzowski and some of the other Morningside regulars gather together for a regular chinwag and discussion of current events. I'd love to know what they think of our current situation. You are all greatly missed.
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gypsysmom | 2 other reviews | Dec 31, 2020 |



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