John Cosway

Word on the Hills interviews John Cosway, a Toronto-born-and-raised high school dropout who learned early in life that he had a way with words – and pictures.  Kicked out of high school twice in the 1950s for lack of interest, he embraced the news media for his self-education, delivering the Toronto Star for eight years, working as a copy boy at the Globe and Mail for three years and in 1963, thanks to Robert Turnbull, then city editor of the Globe and Mail, launching into a half century of reporting and editing at newspapers across Canada – from the Chatham Daily News to the Toronto Sun. His book highlights his numerous brushes with fame from behind the lens, from Frankie Avalon in 1959, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Ronnie Hawkins and others in the 1960s, and Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Buddy Rich and others in the 1970s. In 2017, he ended his 10-year stint as a Wayback Times columnist to devote full attention to scanning his original negatives. With his 75th birthday approaching, he felt it was time to share his mostly unpublished photos and a handful of photos that had limited public exposure.

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