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80 years of Q&Q: five musicians (and a few dabblers) with split identities

73Paul Quarrington

Years before Penthouse declared Quarrington’s 1989 novel Whale Music (Doubleday Canada) “the best rock ’n’ roll novel ever written,” the Toronto musician and author performed in a high school folk duo with pal Dan Hill. Before his death from cancer in 2010, Quarrington toured nationally with his blues-roots band, Porkbelly Futures, which he documented in the posthumously released memoir Cigar Box Banjo: Notes on Music and Life (Greystone Books).