Svenonius will disarm you, reconfigure your brain, and reorient your position in society. Nearly all the chapters find a way to tie rock 'n' roll to the broader history of American-style capitalism and the military-industrial complex. Like a holy relic in an old cathedral, the group should be imbued with the incomprehensible contradictions of the mystical, the esoteric, the most venerated of mumbo jumbos. Supernatural Strategies will serve as an indispensable guide for a new generation just aching to boogie. Even though my attempts to navigate their associated deep water have yielded Spielbergian, if not Cameronian, outcomes, I could have used a little more meat.
It's not technically difficult to read--far from it. He is famous for fronting a variety of beloved rock bands from Washington, D. So, Brian, what can you tell us about forming a group? I realize that Sir McCartney is not dead, he just spends a lot of time in the Spirit World whilst meditating or tending to his garden in Scotland. . Also, towards the end, Ian says that music is the only art form that is time consuming and temporal besides cinema. Svenonius' contrarian, anti-establishment rhetoric is his greatest gift. When you were playing a show, you were just playing a show.
He probably knows m Ian Svenonius knows of what he speaks when he offers tips on how to start a rock 'n' roll band and enjoy all the power that such an enterprise may provide. Once again, you just adapt and work according to what the situation provides. Those who just have a thing for the political rhetoric and undeniable panache of Ian Svenonius--well, even better. Svenonius presents a plethora of ideas pertaining to many non-musical Rock'n'Roll realities, some of which are wrong but that's not the point, almost all of which are well worth thinking about or at least being aware of, and a couple of which penetrate like a diamond bullet through the forehead and explode with clarity. But it was not to be.
Perhaps this had to do with the absence of carnal temptations in the other dimension, or perhaps it was due to time spent away from the mayhem of the rock industry. Therefore, he's written an instructional guide, which doubles as a warning device, a philosophical text, an exercise in terror, an aerobics manual, and a coloring book. Very funny and weirdly insightful. Svenonius that arrived at my office the other day, the secrets to a successful rock band are buried in the dead heads of the deceased, former rock 'n' roll greats who are 'no longer contaminated by the stultifying climate of competitive capitalism, ' the author writes. And although not all of what they told us was useful or entirely coherent, they all tried to be helpful.
Ok so this book is highly entertaining and very unhinged, but recommended to basically anyone interested in playing rock music. These topics are a platform for a creative, skewed take on the rock game. The first ghost we spoke with claimed to be that of Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones. I think I even heard a percussive backbeat. Ritualistic drug consumption, shamanistic induction ceremonies, and the reliance on industry hustlers, confidence men, and magical documents otherwise known as contracts are strategies that are as typical as they are wasteful. Svenonius, a veteran of a number of rock bands, including Nation Of Ulysses, has penned a witty and smart take on rock music.
Trying too hard just dilutes the flavor, you know? That question tends to come up in response to his writing. This is similar to the way in which primitive man saw the continuance of the species or the cathedral of nature. The overall conceit of a seance is not followed through with altogether. He's always seemed delighted by the fact that the profound and the preposterous can sound awfully alike, a realization that puts him in line with an avant-garde tradition that stretches back before rock 'n' roll crystallized this fact. While Svenonius shares his endless wealth of musical knowledge, this book also serves as a critique of capitalism, consumerism and American imperialism.
He's always seemed delighted by the fact that the profound and the preposterous can sound awfully alike, a realization that puts him in line with an avant-garde tradition that stretches back before rock 'n' roll crystallized this fact. At its best, his prose is all of the above, much the way his sloganeering bands , , and have served as homage, critique, and parody of rock history. Truly, someone like Donald Rumsfeld, a mediocre government functionary with no discernible talent, intelligence, or charm, is a greater international celebrity than Mick Jagger. How can we guess what will seem cool, hip, sordid, or crass years from now? How didn't he think of this while he was writing it? Proscriptive how-to advice ranges over a wide number of subjects e. It begins with transcriptions of fictional séances with the spirits of long-dead rockers e. But, in fact, the so-called Greatest Generation Very enjoyable, especially for anyone who's ever flirted with the world of music. Svenious injects enough knowing truth that anyone who has ever involved themselves with musicians will recognize.
I just love music and I love performing, more than anything. Get off the internet when you can. Historically, it was kind of garbage. Svenonius is a guide for rock musicians on how to start a band. The book also has black-and-white illustrations. Svenonius's experience as an iconic underground rock musician—playing in such highly influential and revolutionary outfits as The Make-Up and The Nation of Ulysses—gives him special insight on techniques for not only starting but also surviving a rock 'n' roll group. Therefore, no living member of the industry would agree to share the secrets to making a group.