The Psychic Sovietand Other Works

The Psychic Sovietand Other Works By Ian F. Svenonius, The Psychic Sovietand Other Works An anthology of both new and previously published essays and articles from one of the mainstays of the Washington DC underground rock and roll scene The Psychic Soviet is the most complete collectio
  • Title: The Psychic Sovietand Other Works
  • Author: Ian F. Svenonius
  • ISBN: 9780965618397
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Psychic Sovietand Other Works By Ian F. Svenonius, An anthology of both new and previously published essays and articles from one of the mainstays of the Washington, DC underground rock and roll scene, The Psychic Soviet is the most complete collection of writings by Ian Svenonius The selections are written in a scholarly yet engaging style, filled with parody and biting humor that subvert capitalist culture, and cover sAn anthology of both new and previously published essays and articles from one of the mainstays of the Washington, DC underground rock and roll scene, The Psychic Soviet is the most complete collection of writings by Ian Svenonius The selections are written in a scholarly yet engaging style, filled with parody and biting humor that subvert capitalist culture, and cover such topics as the ascent of the DJ as a star, the cosmic depression that followed the defeat of the USSR, and the status of rock and roll as a religion The pocket sized book is bound with a durable bright pink plastic cover, recalling the aesthetics of Mao s The Little Red Book, and perfect for carrying into the fray of street battle, classroom, or lunch counter argument.
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      Ian Svenonius is an American musician, notable as the singer and mouthpiece of various Washington, D.C based music groups including The Nation of Ulysses, The Make Up, Weird War, and Chain and the Gang With his projects, Svenonius has released than 15 full length albums and than 20 singles, EPs, and splits Svenonius is also a published author and an online talk show host.Svenonius first band, The Nation of Ulysses, formed in 1988, and were influential in the early Washington D.C punk scene The band broke up in 1992 after failing to record their third studio album After a short lived side project called Cupid Car Club, Svenonius formed The Make Up in 1995, who combined garage rock, soul, and a so called liberation theology to make a new genre they dubbed Gospel Yeh Yeh The Make Up dissolved early in 2001, and a year later, Svenonius formed the band Weird War, who were also known briefly as the Scene Creamers Svenonius solo work includes the 2001 album Play Power under the fictional pseudonym of David Candy, the book The Psychic Soviet, and as host of Soft Focus on VBS Svenonius projects and writings have all shared an anti authoritarian, populist, tongue in cheek political agenda.

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    1. Like Ian Svenonius now disbanded rock outfit the Make Up, there are things to take seriously about The Psychic Soviet and things to disregard Just as the Make Up half ironically fused gospel and punk with liberation theology, the essays of The Psychic Soviet meld Marxist theory with pop culture, and the results are sometimes interesting and sometimes silly Svenonis displays a formidable intelligence in using historical materialism to critique the eugenic subtext of Bram Stoker s Dracula, draw pa [...]


    2. OutSTANDING Svenonius perfectly treads the line between schizo steve ranting on the street corner and overfunded publish or perish academician in this engrossing, insane, but relevatory treatise This is the type of stuff that you used to get in The Baffler but dipped in DMT the Beatles and Rolling Stones as opposing socialist ideologies, the death of the soviet union and its psychic fallout on the american populace, popularity of drinks as literal drinking of imperialist conquests lifeblood the [...]


    3. If you ve ever had the pleasure of verbal engagement with Ian Svenonius, you d soon realize that this former singer of Nation of Ulysses, the Make Up and current sometimes singer of Weird War has a different train of thought than the average man If you ve never had the pleasure of verbal engagement with Ian Svenonius, do readThe Psychic Soviet or visit vbs for videos of Ian s Vice TV series, Soft Focus and hear me laughing like an idiot in the background of the Ian MacKaye Henry Rollins episode. [...]


    4. This is than a book It is like a pocket sized invitation to an alternate psycho geo musico cultural realm of Mr Svenonious s creation It includes a well written and ironically stereotypical political tract, a series of essays explaining stylistic and cultural changes in the world of popular music for example, explaining how Greenspans economics led to the rise of electronic music nobody can afford a garage any, so real drums are out of the question , and a well thought out series about the pop [...]


    5. surprisingly good little book i was never a big fan of Make Up, i liked what i heard of their records but they never thrilled me enough to make me scene cream myself As a result, never really thought to pick up this book though i had heard of it from a few people Finally, trapped in the netherlands with only books in dutch i was handed this and zipped right through it Lots of funny, insightful, off kilter essays that read like they were written for some freak out acid bath yippie journal in the [...]


    6. In this little pink book, Weird War front man Ian Svenonius deconstructs pop culture with a hammer and sickle, with an eye for critical theory like a Gen X Jean Baudrillard or punk rock Slavoj Zizek Svenonius barbed humor rips open the hidden underbelly of innocuous entertainment, to reveal its sinister nature Mordor Dearest details the woman hating homoeroticism of the Lord of the Rings films, while The Bloody Latte examines the historical relationships of imperial powers and their soft drinks [...]


    7. This book is heavy with the burden of history and yet weighs less than a pound You keep expecting the punchline of a joke, but those kind of one liners rarely happen The ironic style sits perched on the shoulder like a hooded eagle ready to soar, but it never does Instead Svenonous shows a suprising competence for adapting historical material eg the fall of the Soviet Union, the science of eugenics to make a broader policital point His essays read like a barrage on the West s most revered cultur [...]


    8. I hated reading this book Having had no context as to who Ian Svenonius is, I kept wondering idiot ic savant or boorish crank Plodding my way through, while I found many of his well informed ideas interesting, I decided that it just didn t matter to me Svenonius seems to mistakenly believe that his clever mapping of political, social, and artistic trends trumps complexities far beyond the scope of this work I know that he intends for his readers to be riled up by his words for that reason I was [...]


    9. The myth of Dylan going electric and particularly the lamo reaction by the folk community was generated by the recording industry as a response to the threat that folk music presented to it Right now we could have so much live music in noncommercial settings had it not been for the triumph of electric music over shared acoustic music But as it is, the tools belong in the hands of the few instead of the many, and I have to go to strip clubs to listen to music Svenonius also saw through all the b [...]


    10. Fan bloody tastic I took an especially long time reading this little sucker because it was so terribly entertaining His theses are obscure yet ring true in one essay he claims that the lord of the rings is a call to all boys to remain latent in adolescence, never to leave the comforts of platonic homosexuality, and another claims that the conquering peoples feel compelled to drink the beverage of choice of the conquered, as if drinking the actual blood of the vanquished Except that he says it qu [...]


    11. Imagine if a smarty pants college sopho tackled a paper for Modern Thought class by upending a basket of particularly diabolical kittens in a yarn shop Besides being smart and pantsy, the author has been a credible participant in the art culture music history he s hired the kittens to cliff note, which may be why he s actually right about whatever of it isn t bang out insane or snort stuff out your nose funny, and also most of what is Plus who doesn t love a little pink book I still can t stop t [...]


    12. Svenonius essays, while sometimes dubious The Rolling Stones support Maoist agrarian development in China Hardcore punk is an outgrowth of repressed homosexual barracks locker room culture I never would have known are consistently interesting and provide engaging food for thought for those done with their faux occult, Illuminati theorist phase, but not quite ready to move on to Philip K Dick yet.


    13. I m tired of debating whether or not Ian is crazy, a genius, or a crazy genius He s probably all of those, and brilliant to boot It kind of sucks when I listen to Make Up now and it sounds a little dated, but these essays bring a totally fresh and unique perspective to topics as ubiquitous and analyzed to death as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones A Warning to Swedish Girls is an instant classic.


    14. Total and complete genius I m sure that some would put this book aside as sheer folly and or nonsense, but I see it as one of the freshest and most original takes on the place of pop music, as a phenomenon, in our Western society ever written Many books are created out of a eureka moment, but The Psychic Soviet could only be the culmination of many many such moments stretched out over a lifetime.


    15. When read as satire it doesn t get much better than this This is a book I never would have selected on my own great recommendation I laughed out loud several times on the Route 40 bus and even managed to draw a few skeptical looks usually someone needs to wet themselves or scream bomb to stand out Quick read and worthy of a little effort.


    16. Wonderful pop culture criticism that emulates academic and revolutionary writing with a sense of humor and sass The ideas are absolutely audacious but are argued in such an elegant and witty way that they make sense If you are a fan of Svenonius work in Nation of Ulysses, this is worth picking up, as he is in top form.


    17. nice, crisp manifesto y tone works for this, and entertaining theories of the gay and woman hating subtext of lord of the rings, the idea that the beatles are the only thing that made britain relavant in the last 50 yrs, and a deconstruction of the romantic notion of the artist.


    18. This is one of the top 5 books I have ever read An absurdist analysis of art, music, and politics that toes the line between insight and insanity As soon as you discount its maniacal ramblings, you realize they ve just blown your mind Intensely recommended.


    19. I LOVED this book Genius, Hilarious, Intelligent, Interesting It probably doesn t help, that s how I would describe the author.I need to buy a copy for myself to have around at all times.


    20. Dry witted and laugh out loud thesis from the U.S U.S.S.R dynamic being a Jungian archetype of mother and father to the ever appropriate Rolling Stones vs The Beatles.


    21. i think it s making of how in school you get all socialist and have to write lots of papers i like how he really really commits not as good as weird war though.



    22. This book has definite flashes of brilliance I understand it is meant to be humorous, but perhaps because I am trying to wean myself off of sarcasm this book doesn t get that 5th star.


    23. Without Christ s supposed crucifixion, there would have been no martyrdom, and no burgeoning Christian movement to eventually unify Europe after spurring the disintegration of the Roman Empire The Jews couldn t do it as they weren t an evangelical sect, and Zoroastrianism was too hard to pronounce.While the two forms electro clash and semi acoustic psychedelic folk revival are distinct and even aesthetically in opposition to the other, their common aversion to acoustic drums reveals their shared [...]


    24. I love this book Hilarious, anti capitalist satires taking enraged umbrage with the ruling elite s media manipulation that controls the world s populous Standout essays include the title one, arguing that the fall of the USSR precipitated a massive psychic trauma in the world s collective consciousness, and thus we must nurture each our, Psychic Soviets, to reflect the negative capitalist energy i.e bad vibes of the 1% Seinfeldification argues that NBC s Seinfeld along with other aughts sitcoms [...]


    25. Svenonius Freudian deconstruction of Lord of the Rings is one of the hilarious things I ve ever read This sword phallus broke when it hit the ring vagina though it sliced off the finger that wore it Though the penis of the father is easily lopped off, the mother and her vagina are formidable It s endless entertainment with some salient points and startling connections that are so outrageous, I hope to god they re true.


    26. Great book by my friend Ian Academic tomfoolery and crack pot historical connections that make sense and provoke a laugh at the same time Super enjoyable compendium of essays about the Cold War, rock music and other bits of interest.





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