It is certainly a benchmark of success for any musician when a career can be the subject of a book, and Joel Plaskett has now attained that distinction. Nowhere With You: The East Coast Anthems of Joel Plaskett, The Emergency and Thrush Hermit, by Josh O’Kane, is slated to be published by Toronto’s ECW Press in April 2016.
The 220-page biography examines Plaskett’s entire career, from the formation of Thrush Hermit as a teenager, to the release of his latest solo album, The Park Avenue Sobriety Test. Along the way, O’Kane also explores Plaskett’s output in the overall context of the “Halifax Pop Explosion” of the 1990s, and the challenges that have come with building a reputation in other parts of the world similar to what he has achieved in Canada. Furthermore, the book will touch on aspects of Plaskett’s personal life that have previously remained private.
While fans will have to wait a few months to get their hands on the book, those in the Halifax area will get a chance to interact with Plaskett when the New Scotland Yard Emporium in Dartmouth officially opens on Oct. 10th. The multipurpose space attached to Plaskett’s recording studio will feature a record store, coffee shop, specialty bakery, and barbershop, operated by Plaskett’s longtime bassist Chris Pennell.