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All the Power: Revolution Without Illusion (Punk Planet Books) Paperback – January 1, 2004
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With a preface by Jennifer Baumgardner, author of MANIFESTA: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future
From the Inside Flap
"Does organized rebellion need its own Martha Stewart? Relax, this isn't it. In your grasp is a heartfelt, brick-by-brick guide from a committed veteran activist on heart, soul, music, his own life's surprises, and how we can all bring ongoing change to our own communities."
"Mark Andersen is the living Holden Caulfield, committed to making the world a better place for all its children. This book reflects his deep caring and concern for the human condition, urging us to hold onto the dream of King and find a way to come together, again, toward humane revolutionary change."
ELAINE BROWN, former Chairman of the Black Panther Party
"By naming some of the difficult, unanswered questions from past movements, All The Power opens up exciting conversations about how to proceed in today's world. This fascinating examination of activism over the past fifty years is a must-read for anyone wanting to contribute effectively to movements for change."
CATHY WILKERSON, Students For a Democratic Society and the Weather Underground
"Mark's decency and vision are both appealing and effective in suggesting practical strategies to make systemic change. All the Power is an incisive and important look at past and present North American radicalism that can help us build a better world."
HEATHER BOOTH, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, cofounder of "Jane" collective and Midwest Academy
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Top Customer Reviews
As a person of similar age who engaged in many of the same issues and campaigns in the DC area as mark without once participating in the punk scene, I find Mark's meanderings about music to be largely irrelevant. If the sense of community and alternative identity that emerged from the world of punk inspired positive activism then it should be applauded and examined for broadly applicable lessons to use in current campaigns.
For me, the music and scene was more of a faddish identity than incubator of movements.Read more ›
I have been involved in movements for social change since I was a teenager, and even more so once I was introduced to punk culture. Punk is not just music. Punk is not just an aesthetic. Punk is an attempt to re-frame and alter the injustice that is pervasive among the many, and championed by the few.
Andersen wants us---punks, activists, feminists, environmentalists, anarchists, etc---to learn from his vast experience. He has an important story to tell. As Jello Biafra states on the book's jacket: "In your grasp is a heartfelt, brick-by-brick guide from a committed veteran activist on heart, soul, music, his own life's surprises, and how we can all bring ongoing change to our own communities."
I emphatically encourage anyone with any interest in social change or activism to read this book!
Nobody but nobody who wants to change anything needs to have this kind of deadening advice at any point. It's not because Mark isn't entitled to his opinion or even that it's necessarily wrong (I guess I agree with a lot of what's in here). But if you want to tell other people how they should behave in potential future situations, it would be better to be direct and to use a bit more humility. Mark seems to want to construct big old "we" statements in this confusing mixture of personal anecdote and opinion. He'd have done much better to stick to purer I and you statements and leave people the room and dignity not only to make up their own minds but to find their own ways--ones that may be better than anything Mark can imagine.
There is a deep lack of respect for other people's different tactics. So in a way this is just another book by someone who has already decided what a better world looks like and is trying to get everyone not only to share that same vision but to use the same tactics to get there.
Many former punk rockers seem to have got religiously censorious in their old age. My notion during the 70s and 80s was that a lot of punk rockers were working stuff out in art that they'd have done better working out in sex or politics. Today many of them seem to be divorced from their emotions and hearts (and their emotions don't seem to have matured or been nurtured much) but that's all my personal junk--bottom line is that the tone of this book gives me the creeps.