You Don't Know Me but You Don't Like Me

You Don't Know Me but You Don't Like Me

Phish, Insane Clown Posse, and My Misadventures With Two of Music's Most Maligned Tribes

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One of Rolling Stone 's 20 Best Music Books of 2013

When memoirist and head writer for The A.V. Club Nathan Rabin first set out to write about obsessed music fans, he had no idea the journey would take him to the deepest recesses of both the pop culture universe and his own mind. For two very curious years, Rabin, who Mindy Kaling called "smart and funny" in The New Yorker , hit the road with two of music's most well-established fanbases: Phish's hippie fans and Insane Clown Posse's notorious "Juggalos." Musically or style-wise, these two groups could not be more different from each other, and Rabin, admittedly, was a cynic about both bands. But once he gets deep below the surface, past the caricatures and into the essence of their collective cultures, he discovers that both groups have tapped into the human need for community. Rabin also grapples with his own mental well-being--he discovers that he is bipolar--and his journey is both a prism for cultural analysis and a deeply personal exploration, equal parts humor and heart.
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2013.
Edition: First Scribner trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781451626889
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 Rabin 08/2013
Characteristics: 261 pages ;,23 cm


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Nov 17, 2017

AV Club writer Nathan Rabin dives headfirst into the worlds of, in his words, two of the most "maligned tribes" in popular music: Phish fans and Insane Clown Posse fans, aka Juggalos. It's the kind of immersive journalism we associate with new journalists such as Hunter S. Thompson (the most obvious precedent) and Joan Didion. It's only half-successful, as Rabin shares way too much about his life. I have little but an anthropological interest in either of these bands, but I can appreciate their rabid fan base. The I.C.P. sections are more engaging, as they are stranger and more revealing (literally and figuratively) than the Phish sections, which mostly involve druggy types who dig long songs. I am still not "down with the clown," but ICP's "Miracles" is one of the most amazing videos of the past decade.

CRRL_CraigG Jul 16, 2015

For anyone looking for an impartial anthropological study of Phish heads and Juggalos, this is not quite it. Rabin provides a history of both bands, captures the details of their shows and festivals, and he talks to a great many fans, but this is ultimately an internal conflict we're dealing with.

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Dec 04, 2013

I liked the book even though I can't say I know much about Phish or Insane Clown Posse. People can relate to their rabid following (or not).


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