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Product Details

  • 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: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(The following grandiose introduction was given about the author when he was honored by the American Film Academy for his documentary work as a videographer in the field of "ethnography" - a very minor and obscure award, usually given after everyone else has gone off to after-parties. Imagine John Waters delivering this with a smile on his face):

Andy Colvin is an eclectic artist, photographer, filmmaker, writer, and musician who has been called the "Prince of Slackers," 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 "street art" movement now popular in galleries from London to Los Angeles, and was also one of the first "spoken word" artists.

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 audovisual 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 7 years old.

Colvin's often controversial theories have made him a popular speaker on venues like Coast to Coast AM, Destination America, 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, 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.

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, Seattle Weekly, 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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on November 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
Gray Barker may never have found the Mothman or proved that it existed, but the stories he collected/created in The Silver Bridge were fascinating nonetheless. The book intertwined a strong narrative with factual interviews so that the reader is left to figure out what really happened.
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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ronald A. Bracale on October 21, 2009
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This book is truly fine literature. It makes you feel what the times were like, both for Gray as he was investigating and also for the people he interviewed. The Mothman tales continue to this day, but Gray paints the initial series of events with words to express the horror and wonder which the events elicited. Rather than being a clinical research exposé, something much more valuable about the mysterious and its relation to the human condition. Somehow one is left with a belief that very strange happenings occurred and that the character of the people and places were involved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Villwock on August 8, 2014
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The book has little to do with Mothman directly and almost nothing to do with the Silver Bridge and it's collapse. The book rambles all over the place and the author gets side tracked often without coming back to his original story. I also had the feeling that the author looks down on and is almost making fun of several of the people he writes about, which I personally found disappointing.

To me, this book does not do justice to the very interesting Mothman story or the tragic Silver Bridge collapse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on July 11, 2014
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Don't expect The Mothman Prophesies. This remarkable book reads like a memoir, or a vision quest. It's deeply personal and very moving. It is a remarkably original book that deeply investigates the phenomenon of mass hallucinosis; but without discounting it. Or maybe Mothman was real, and either brought into being by group thought (like a Tulpa) or summoned from another dimension. But Occam's Razor. It deals as deeply and convincingly with high strangeness as Whitley Streiber's Communion, which is the book it most closely resembles. However, the Silver Bridge speaks in riddles and metaphor and dreams. Wholly original, and it packs an emotional punch.
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Format: Audible Audio Edition
To sum up The Silver Bridge in three words is difficult. I found this book to be a work of art. It was wonderfully moving, personal, and enlightening. I wouldn't really compare The Silver Bridge to any other works because this was actually the first book written about the Mothman. It could be compared to John Keel's work on subject matter only. This was a more personal story written by a man with first hand knowledge and he was also a Ufologist. This is the first performance I've had the pleasure of listening to by Michael Hacker. It was flawless. I will look for more from him now and in the future. He made a great story even better. If The Silver Bridge were to be made into a film, my tagline would be 'A story about the Mothman guaranteed to make you think.' This subject is a huge interest of mine. I found this book to be very thought-provoking and added to the mystery of the Mothman. I absolutely loved it. This is a must read or listen for anyone with interest in Ufology or the Mothman.
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By will cherry on July 10, 2014
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A must read for anyone into ufos, melinda he mothman, amd the silver bridge collapse.
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