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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450569668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450569668
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy Colvin is an eclectic artist, filmmaker, writer, musician, and media host who has been called "his generation's Charles Fort," the "Sherlock Holmes of synchro-conspiracy," and "one of America's great, pain-in-the-butt original thinkers." Colvin was one of the founders of the "xerox" or "guerilla art" movement now popular in galleries from London to Los Angeles. Colvin was also one of the first "spoken word" artists, and is considered by some to be the world's foremost authority on the mysterious "Mothman" phenomenon, due to his early experiences with the phenomenon and his intensive audovisual documentation of symbols and synchronicities.

Colvin's often controversial theories have made him a popular speaker on venues like Coast to Coast AM, Ground Zero, NPR, RAI, BBC, and PBS, and have gained him a dedicated following. In 2011, Colvin co-hosted the popular conspiracy show, "That Was the Month That Wasn't," which examined how the media blends stories to subconsciously "manufacture consent" in the public mind. Colvin currently co-hosts two wide-ranging internet radio shows, "The Stench of Truth" and "The Church of Mabus," which explore various esoteric topics.

Following in the footsteps of Fortean author John A. Keel, Colvin has blazed a 21st Century trail of investigation into mysteries that have influenced mankind for centuries, such as UFOs, creature entities, magic, and the psychology of the human mind. Colvin's approach is unique in that it blends a background of genuine paranormal experience with decades of research into political science, history, media behavior, and sociology. His understanding of art and symbology has, at times, allowed Colvin to connect dots that previously escaped attention.

In the 1960s, on a West Virginia backroad, Colvin's neighborhood was hit by a series of mysterious phenomena, such as exotic flying craft, Men in Black, and the intriguing entity now known as "Mothman." Following these encounters, Colvin found that he could draw, sing, and take pictures, and that he had a photographic memory. He was recognized as a prodigy, and was eventually offered a scholarship to Harvard University. While in college, Colvin broke ground in several then-new disciplines, such as street art, performance art, and "shamanic conceptual" art. In the early 1980s, Colvin made a splash in the New York art world by taking on the persona of "Whiz," a practitioner of "collaborative art." This unique approach allowed Colvin to actually work in some manner with several notable artists.

While attending graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, Colvin helped found U.T.'s celebrated Transmedia Department, as well as the Austin Film Society, an organization now credited with bringing commercial filmmaking to Texas. In 1985, Colvin used his tuition grant money to purchase the only 8mm camcorder then available, becoming the first filmmaker in Austin to shoot in the new format. His ensuing documentation of the lives of local "slackers" influenced the seminal cult hit that defined Generation-X, "Slacker." (Colvin's band, "Ed Hall," appeared in the film and on the soundtrack.)

Following graduate school, Colvin worked on Hollywood films, toured with his experimental troupe, "The Interdimensional Vortex League" (once named America's "most underground band"), and began making small, ethnographic documentaries about unusual tribes, subcultures, and personalities.

Colvin's work has been seen or heard in all 50 states, and in several foreign countries. His writing has appeared in various magazines, including Paranoia, The Stranger, Inside the Grassy Knoll, and D'Art, the arts journal for the Church of the Subgenius. Colvin's unique career has been studded with various mind-blowing, synchronistic events, some of which allowed him to study with, or work with, some of the greatest creative minds of the 20th Century, including Nam June Paik, Dennis Hopper, David Lynch, Robert Anton Wilson, Laurie Anderson, Daniel Johnston, Vito Acconci, Bruce Bickford, Ron English, Frank Kozik, Kal Spelletich, Richard Linklater, Linda Schele, and the Butthole Surfers.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By marypinchotmeyer on June 11, 2012
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Gray Barker operated his publishing and UFO investigations out of West Virginia. So this was a great read for me because I lived in the Ohio Valley at the time of the Silver Bridge tragedy and I remember the sightings and "high weirdness" that occurred along Ohio's boundary with Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky. Point being that this account is not the invention of the author. Barker addresses a time when most people were not mocked and humiliated into silence if they spoke out about an experience that was out of synch with day-to-day life. Most trusted that officials and scientists would investigate these events and explain them. Nearly 50 years later, we are still waiting. This book is a classic and a great read. It treats MIB reports seriously and recognizes that experiences with "the black men" may go back thousands of years. This is worth your money if you believe that MIBs are something completely other than comedians on the silver screen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dagmar on June 5, 2013
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The front matter and back matter shed a lot of light on who Gray Barker was--not necessarily an objective observer--as well as who other key UFO researchers at the time were; the book is quite useful to gain an overall view of the field. Barker and the other writers don't present heavy-handed explanations of the phenomenon of the men in black, but reading about their experiences illuminates the extreme strangeness associated with the field. I would say this book isn't definitive, but it's important as a piece of the overall field.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Mcgonigal on July 5, 2013
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This is outstanding book to engage with. It is so illogical and makes one think a little more about life and everything I think anyhow. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Walter B. Bosley on April 24, 2012
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This is another one of those essentials that anyone into the weirdness that is the MIB mythos must have on their shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By will cherry on June 8, 2014
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I enjoyed the book. Helped me understand the history of the mib phenomenon. Oily read a book by jim keith the mib casebook also a must read.
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