- Paperback: 154 pages
- Publisher: BookSurge Publishing; 2 edition (October 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439204276
- ISBN-13: 978-1439204276
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,999,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Silver Bridge: The Classic Mothman Tale Paperback – October 1, 2008
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Colvin's often controversial theories have made him a popular speaker on venues like Coast to Coast AM, Ground Zero, Destination America, The History Channel, The Travel Channel, SyFy, NPR, RAI, BBC, and PBS, and have gained him a dedicated "cult" following. In recent years, Colvin has co-hosted popular conspiracy shows like "The Grassy Knoll," "The Stench of Truth," and "The Church of Mabus," often focusing on how the media blends stories to subconsciously "manufacture consent" in the public mind.
Following in the footsteps of his mentor, 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 had previously escaped attention.
Colvin is considered by some to be the leading authority on the mysterious "Mothman" phenomenon, due to his early experiences with the phenomenon and his intensive audiovisual documentation of symbols and synchronicities. Colvin's early "illumination" experiences were almost identical to those of science-fiction authors Philip K. Dick and Robert Anton Wilson, except that they occurred to Colvin in 1967, when he was just a boy. 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 video 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 film that defined Generation-X, "Slacker." Colvin's band, "Ed Hall," appeared in the film and on the soundtrack, and the character of the "obsessed photographer" was based on him.
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. (I.V. League's latest 2016 release, "Take Off the Shroud: Live at Burningman, SXSW, and Area 51," is a compendium of songs built around the band's early involvement in, and support for, the Burningman Festival.)
Colvin's work has been seen or heard in all 50 states, and in several foreign countries. His writing has appeared in various journals, including Oprah Magazine, Blitz, Paranoia, The Stranger, The Seattle Weekly, The Austin Chronicle, 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, which allowed him to 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, Steven Feld, Bruce Bickford, Ron English, Frank Kozik, Kal Spelletich, Richard Linklater, Linda Schele, Tessa B. Dick, Kurt Cobain, and the Butthole Surfers.
Top Customer Reviews
The best parts of the book were the interviews with the people who say they actually had experienced an incident with the Mothman. Having read The Mothman Prophecies and remembering John Keel's interviews with the Scarberrys and the Mallettes, The Silver Bridge allows the reader to really understand their background as well as introducing a few new names into the frey, like Jimmi Jamieson and Frank Wentworth, both with their own Mothman experience. Whether the latter two people were real or composites, however, is anyone's guess.
Ambiguous, but highly enjoyable.
To me, this book does not do justice to the very interesting Mothman story or the tragic Silver Bridge collapse.
Barker was among the first of the serious researchers to go to Point Pleasant and it's environs to investigate the tales of the Mothman. The fact he knew the area and its people well already helped give the book a feel of insider knowledge. It is, at once, creepy, foreboding and factually pretty accurate. Well worth the read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gray Barker was an interesting hack. This book is half lies and half fictionalized news and popular stories. Read morePublished 3 months ago by david thornberry
A must read for anyone into ufos, melinda he mothman, amd the silver bridge collapse.Published 19 months ago by will cherry
Having read John Keel's fine reportage in his "Mothman Prophecies", having watched the "Eyes of the Mothman" documentary, and being vaguely aware of the name Gray Barker as notable... Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Andrew
I was looking for a new perspective but this was so disjointed I got frustrated. Would not recommend anyone buying it.Published on December 21, 2012 by David K. Croft
This book is not fiction - not history just some kind of sorry mix. It has nothing to do with the Silver Bridge collapse and really nothing to do with the Mothman sightings. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by Wrajax