From 1988 through 1993, guitarist/vocalist Steven Taylor toured the U.S. and Europe with the alternative rock group False Prophets, keeping a detailed journal with the intent of documenting the role of musicians in the international anarchist youth movement. His fieldnotes form the core of the book, accounting with honesty and aplomb the sometimes hilarious, sometimes harrFrom 1988 through 1993, guitarist/vocalist Steven Taylor toured the U.S. and Europe with the alternative rock group False Prophets, keeping a detailed journal with the intent of documenting the role of musicians in the international anarchist youth movement. His fieldnotes form the core of the book, accounting with honesty and aplomb the sometimes hilarious, sometimes harrowing, always engaging highs and lows of life on the road.False Prophet situates punk, and the diary itself, in relation to contemporary critiques of identity and ethnographic representation, and links punk's emergence to the oral poetry renaissance of the 1950s, free jazz, and the do-it-yourself trend set by underground filmmakers in the 1960s. This innovative ethnography provides a theoretically informed account of a little understood genre of popular music, and a rare, intimate view into the everyday life of a working band. The audio CD contains some of False Prophets' most popular cuts....
|Title||:||False Prophet: Field Notes from the Punk Underground|
|Number of Pages||:||332 Pages|
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False Prophet: Field Notes from the Punk Underground Reviews
I really really liked this band's first couple of releases. I thought their tongue in cheek and odd points of view to be very interesting. Their music was also very dramatic to say the least. This book however let a lot of steam out of that bag. I know this is going to sound kinda of stupid, but it completely depunkified them in a way. Mostly because you see the underlying motivations from some of the musicians. Particularly, the author who if I remember correctly was one of the guitarists. Having been in the scene in bands and as audience I really felt like these guys or a few of them in the band were just trying to hack their way into something bigger. At least the book did that for me. One thing I think to think about is that for anarchos, anyone that puts a book out about the music they are trying to make is probably full of themselves either from the get go or at least by the time they put out a book/movie etc etc. I guess this can hold true for other genres of self-promotion as well.
This was a disappointing book for me. I read it in hopes of finding a serious examination of anarcho-punk, and very much wanted to like it, but the theoretical portions seemed ad hoc and the autobiographical portions too detailed and superficial.
Great, brainy writer, but just not as relevant as other punk books.