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DOUBLE DUCE Paperback – October 1, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Last Gasp (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086719586X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867195866
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.8 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: #1,399,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I think, having read his zines steadily for Lo, these twenty years, that Aaron has more heart and a more truly punk soul than just about anybody. He is the wise, kind, insightful and honest chronicler of my generation, of our life and times. "Double Deuce" is my very most favorite of all his works, because if I didn't live in that house with those particular punks, I've certainly lived in houses much like it. He looks upon almost everyone with an open mind (at least in hindsight) and a courageous heart. He understands and forgives, and perpetrates his own mess in the meantime. He is crusty yet ethical; genuine yet irreverent; polite yet political. I look up to him and hold him and his writing in very high esteem. (Aaron, if you ever see this, thanks man.)

Anyway, I am on my third copy of this book; and while it might possibly not be for everyone, it's probably just the thing for you.
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