The Psychic Soviet, and Other Works by Ian F. Svenonius audiobook

The Psychic Soviet, and Other Works

By Ian F. Svenonius
Read by Ian F. Svenonius

Blackstone Publishing 9780965618397
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A new, expanded collection 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.

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Summary

Summary

A new, expanded collection 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Ian Svenonius has come a long way since Sassy Magazine first dubbed him the ‘Sassiest Boy in America’ in 1991. The DC singer has never been anything less than political to the extreme.” Village Voice
“The…book—given Svenonius’s communism infatuation, the parallel to Mao’s Little Red Book is no mistake—contains well-thought-out arguments on a variety of subjects, from vampires to the origins of punk rock. It’s often funny, but never in a self-consciously ironic way." Washington Post
“In a sense, the book is Mr. Svenonius’s love letter to the good old days of do-it-yourself punk concerts, though it’s cleverly disguised as a series of Marxian essays.” New York Times

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Reviews

by Odin 3/26/2020
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Ingenious essays

Here is indeed a fresh and original piece of reading and listening for the curious of mind and vigorous of heart. For anyone interested in pop culture criticism and its arguments will find these essays full of humor and cheeky asides. Some might see this as absurdist takes on music, arts and political positions, yet entertainingly riding the sharp two-edged sword of insight and bonkers perception. As read by the author, this is definitely a recommendation.

Author

Author Bio: Ian F. Svenonius

Author Bio: Ian F. Svenonius

Ian F. Svenonius is one of today’s foremost recording and performing stars. As singer and spokesperson for various underground music acts, Svenonius has appeared on dozens of records with groups such as Escape-ism, the Make-Up, Too Much, XYZ, et al. He is also an author, filmmaker, and talk show host.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Essays
Runtime: 6.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English