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Double Duce Paperback – December 10, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Last Gasp (December 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086719586X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867195866
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John J. Magee IV on April 12, 2006
If your not ready to take on the price of "Despite everything" this is a good Cometbus book to get into. This book is a little different from Cometbus's regular zines. Pretty much no travel is documented in this book. "Double Duce" covers a few squats that the author lived in and his relations to his roomates as wells as what seems like the fall of the Berkley/Oakland scene. Many of the experiances covered in this collection are more of the typical punk rock/smash everything/piss in bottles variety and may not seem as fulfilling as Aaron's travel journals. This is a great read though- I would not suggest it as a first Cometbus book for someone unless they are just in love with being a crusty punk.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sue Pickering on May 22, 2006
This book was fantastic. It completely captured the imporant aspects of punk and expressed them in a way thats relatable to the reader. Inspiring, funny, and overall a great read. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in zines or punk culture.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor on May 1, 2005
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Have you ever lived in a squat or a crash pad? Maybe just wondered or fanitisized about what that would be like? If so, this is your story. The images of my old trashy crash pad home came back as vivid as day when I read about Cometbus's days at Double Duce in Berkley. The bottles of piss because there's no workign toilet, the heaps of trash, and becomming so close with your scumbag roommates that you think idenitical thoughts.

Not only does Cometbus weave an enthralling tale though, the way he writes is smooth and enjoyable. All of the characters become like personal friends, because you feel so intouch with their personalities. Cometbus is a master at reading people, and a total "fly on the wall" kinda guy like a good writer should be. I was a little pissed at the text at first, the "handwritten" look of it is a bit harder to read than your average novel, but once I got a few pages in and my eyes adjusted, I was lost in the drumps of Berkley. I ordered "Despite Everything" the day I got this book because I wanted to read more Cometbus ASAP. I was really glad be included the WDH stories after the initial story is over... the one where the Christmas tree burns down the Watertower that Aaron and Willy live in was my favroite.
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I would recommend this book to anyone but truthfully this won't be for everyone. There are some who will identify with the scene and era that is a major character in the book. These are the people who might recognize the names of streets and locations and perhaps be able to connect certain characters with the people who inspired their creation on the pages. Alongside this group will be those from other parts of the world who might have lived in similar circumstances and have known people not unlike those portrayed.
Then there will be those who would be completely lost in this type of environment but who are willing to take a virtual stroll among the squatters and "slum it". Finally we come to the majority of the population who either won't "get it" or who will look at these people as layabouts and bums while muttering "get a job". These are the people who have never had to go without and think everything comes as easily as it has in their pampered lives. I'd still recommend it to those people just to annoy them for my own amusement but would not expect them to take anything away from the experience.
Aaron Cometbus in Double Duce is a singular voice from a time and place long since gone and now open to a kinder look back. But his writing will remind you it wasn't a Hollywood portrayal of punks on parade all dressed in painted leather jackets and wearing enormous liberty spikes. These were real people fighting to stay alive in a determinedly alternative, but every bit valid lifestyle.
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