The Psychic Soviet

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Drag City, Jul 25, 2006 - Literary Collections - 270 pages
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Ian Svenonius has compiled a book of his popular essays for release through DRAG CITY books.Called THE PSYCHIC SOVIET, after the central framing essay, it consists of both new articles and ones published previously in places like Index, BBGun, Dot Dot Dot, Sound Collector, Plan B and Weird War World, among others.The essays, written in a scholarly yet engaging style, should clear up much of the prevailing confusion regarding events of the last millennium by exploring the use of rock 'n' roll and art by the ruling class, and the sinister machinations behind popular ?ction, ?lm, and television serials, among other cultural outlets. THE PSYCHIC SOVIET is indispensable reading for anyone who wonders where rock 'n' roll comes from, where it is going, and what it really means. The size of the book is small so as to make it perfect for carrying into the fray of street battle, classroom, or lunch counter argument. It is intended for such “street” use and has therefore been provided with a durable plastic cover, not unlike the foreign language dictionaries carried by well meaning tourists.One of the essays in the book, “Rock 'n' Roll as Real Estate,” was featured as an opinion piece on National Public Radio, while another, “The Mix-Master Race,” was presented as a lecture at an east coast institution of higher learning. His ?lms, “The Launching of the Dream Weapon” and “The Seduction of Paolo Hewitt,” have been awarded the Ooga Booga prize.

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Review: The Psychic Soviet and Other Works

User Review  - Ryan Hill - Goodreads

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. Read full review

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User Review  - Gregory - Goodreads

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About the author (2006)

Ian Svenonius has long been the leading light in underground rock 'n' roll's attempts to de?ne itself against bourgeois culture. He has been featured in the groups Make Up, The Nation Of Ulysses, and Cupid Car Club among others and is the chair of the RRC and the inventor of FREE-DRIVING. His latest and most important group is called WEIRD WAR; they use a cunning blend of ampli?ed sound to convey a message of resistance and solidarity to the last remaining holdouts against the mediocrity machine of middle class conformity and idiocy.

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