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New York : Scribner, 2013.
261 pages ; 23 cm
What have I gotten myself into? -- Stepping into tomorrow : Phish in Miami, 2009 -- Exploding into the turbulent teens : Phish, New Year's Eve, Miami -- And now for something completely different : Violent J's Behind the paint ushers us into the world of the Dark Carnival -- ICP in a post-Jokers Card world -- Goodbye, Woodstock, hello gathering of the Juggalos : curious times in cave-in-rock -- A brief, unfortunately emo chapter where our unreliable narrator loses his shit and fucks up big time and also, in a really strange turn of events, becomes an employee of 'Weird Al' Yankovic -- The corruption continues : hallowicked 2010 -- Phish for real this time : my brain explains with joy on the very first night of the tour -- The tour continues as our hapless protagonist tries to figure out how to operate with a blown mind and leaking skull -- Two for the road : our narrator finds a temporary traveling companion -- The walking wounded : coming home -- Back in a New York groove : feeling like a karma billionaire at Super Ball, 2011 -- The gathering of the Juggalos 2011 : Bang! Pow! Boom! -- The good reverend breaks it down -- The big finish.
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Rabin, former head writer for The Onion A.V. Club, takes on two disparate, much-lampooned music fandoms in this memoir, accounting for his years recreationally following the jam band Phish and professionally covering "Juggalos", fans of Detroit horrorcore hip-hop act Insane Clown Posse. He becomes a participant in each culture, his appreciation shifting from ironic to earnest, and realizes profound truths about his health, relationships, and career. These communities contain multitudes of troubled lives and drug casualties, but Rabin also encounters truly thoughtful and fascinating people in each fandom. This is less surprising when speaking about Phish's comparatively sophisticated music; the ICP material is the true revelation. Popular imagery of ICP and juggalos is colored by classism, and readers who hope to have their self-superior biases confirmed will be disappointed; a credit to Rabin's evenhandedness. Whether or not you enjoy either act, the story is a universal one about the ways we connect with the music we adore. By making it personal, and by profiling such a broad spectrum of fans, Rabin puts a human face on what would be caricatures. Agent: Daniel Greenberg, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
One of Rolling Stone 's 20 Best Music Books of 2013<br> <br> When memoirist and head writer for The A.V. Club Nathan Rabin first set out to write about obsessed music fans, he had no idea the journey would take him to the deepest recesses of both the pop culture universe and his own mind. For two very curious years, Rabin, who Mindy Kaling called "smart and funny" in The New Yorker , hit the road with two of music's most well-established fanbases: Phish's hippie fans and Insane Clown Posse's notorious "Juggalos." Musically or style-wise, these two groups could not be more different from each other, and Rabin, admittedly, was a cynic about both bands. But once he gets deep below the surface, past the caricatures and into the essence of their collective cultures, he discovers that both groups have tapped into the human need for community. Rabin also grapples with his own mental well-being-he discovers that he is bipolar-and his journey is both a prism for cultural analysis and a deeply personal exploration, equal parts humor and heart.
Table of Contents
What Madness Have I Gotten Myself Into?p. 1
Stepping into Tomorrow: Phish in Miami, 2009p. 13
Exploding into the Turbulent Teens: Phish, New Year's Eve, Miamip. 31
And Now for Something Completely Different: Violent J's Behind the Paint Ushers Us into the World of the Dark Carnivalp. 37
ICP in a Post-Joker's Card Worldp. 61
Good-bye, Woodstock, Hello, Gathering of the Juggalos: Curious Times in Cave-in-Rockp. 73
A Brief, Unfortunately Emo Chapter in Which Our Unreliable Narrator Loses His Shit and Fucks Up Big-Time and Also, in a Really Strange Turn of Events, Becomes an Employee of "Weird Al" Yankovicp. 103
The Corruption Continues: Hallowicked 2010p. 111
Phish for Real This Time: My Brain Explodes with Joy on the Very First Night of the Tourp. 121
The Tour Continues as Our Hapless Protagonist Tries to Figure Out How to Operate with a Blown Mind and Leaking Skullp. 141
Two for the Road: Our Narrator Finds a Temporary Traveling Companionp. 165
The Walking Wounded: Coming Homep. 187
Back in a New York Groove: Feeling Like a Karma Billionaire at Super Ball 2011p. 195
The Gathering of the Juggalos 2011: Bang! Pow! Boom!p. 207
The Good Reverend Breaks It Downp. 233
The Big Finishp. 253
Acknowledgmentsp. 259
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