Title: Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group
Author: Ian F. Svenonius
Proscriptive how to advice ranges over a wide number of subjects e.g sex, band photos, etc and can be seen both as skewering the cultural idolatry associated with rock and as genuine counsel Verdict Svenonius s sociopolitical analysis of rock and roll is intellectually interesting, as when he posits that the genre was brought about by the industrial revolution, th Proscriptive how to advice ranges over a wide number of subjects e.g sex, band photos, etc and can be seen both as skewering the cultural idolatry associated with rock and as genuine counsel Verdict Svenonius s sociopolitical analysis of rock and roll is intellectually interesting, as when he posits that the genre was brought about by the industrial revolution, the harnessing of electricity, and the miscegenation of various poor, exploited, and indentured cultures in the USA Library Journal So much of the allure here is in watching Svenonius skirt absurdity 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 factSvenonius has the spirit of a long gone punk past, but his book has to tell us about rock s here and now than about its hereafter Neither bourgeois nor prestigious, Supernatural Strategies may be the rare book by a rock musician to retain any power or threat Los Angeles Review of Books Like its author, Supernatural Strategies is part tongue in cheek, part deadly serious a satire of rock s consumerist origins but also a thoughtful treatise on what it means to devote yourself to a collective Drawing from the wisdom of rock n roll s most famous ghosts, Svenonius advice ranges from hilarious to cryptic to surprisingly useful Pitchfork Svenonius has walked the walk Even today as the frontman of Chain The Gang and the host of the online talk show Soft Focus he remains cool, cryptic, and impeccably dressed, a mod magician with a trick always lurking up his tailored sleeve The Onion AV Club If write what you know is one of authorship s prime dictates, then Ian F Svenonius seems uniquely qualifiedSvenonius contrarian, anti establishment rhetoric is his greatest giftStrategies plays to these same strengths by allowing him to run roughshod riot over hallowed ground he s already trod and sometimes paved than a few times Balti City PaperIan F 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, 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.This volume features essays and black and white illustrations on everything the would be star should know to get started, such as Sex, Drugs, Sound, Group Photo, The Van, and Manufacturing Nostalgia Supernatural Strategies will serve as an indispensable guide for a new generation just aching to boogie.
Ian F. Svenonius
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.