- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; Original edition (June 11, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451626886
- ISBN-13: 978-1451626889
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 68 customer reviews
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You Don't Know Me but You Don't Like Me: Phish, Insane Clown Posse, and My Misadventures with Two of Music's Most Maligned Tribes Paperback – June 11, 2013
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"A universal [story] about the ways we connect with the music we adore. By making it personal, and by profiling such a broad spectrum of fans, Rabin puts a human face on what would be caricatures." (Publishers Weekly)
"An extremely funny and engaging book about how fandom provides people with surrogate families and a way to escape day-to-day banality." (Rolling Stone (four-star review))
"[A] deftly told tale." (The Huffington Post)
“I love this book. Not only is it funny and well written, but it is, dare I say… beautiful. People could learn a thing or two from Nathan. Instead of judging new things and keeping them at bay because they’re 'scary' or 'shitty,' he embraces them and walks away with rich life experiences. So, give yourself a rich life experience of your own and read this book. Then, when you’re finished, go and see a Phish show. What do you have to lose? Nothing. What do you have to gain? – maybe they’ll play a thirty minute “Tweezer” and you’ll get to see god.” (Harris Wittels)
"Nakedly honest." (The Capital Times)
“Awesomely funny…. I’ve rarely read something that was so good at understanding and building empathy for such an unlikely group.” (David Plotz, Slate Staff Pick, Best Books of 2013)
"[Insane Clown Posse] may forever remain the butt of jokes, but there's a lot of community-building going on here as revealed in the acclaimed book You Don't Know Me But You Don't Like Me." (Huffington Post)
About the Author
Nathan Rabin is a staff writer for The Dissolve, a new film website from the popular music website Pitchfork. Previously, he was the head writer for The A.V. Club, the entertainment guide of The Onion, a position he held until recently since he was a college student at University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1997. Rabin is also the author of a memoir, The Big Rewind, and an essay collection based on one of his columns, My Year of Flops. He most recently collaborated with pop parodist "weird Al" Yankovic on a coffee table book titled Weird Al: The Book. Rabin’s writing has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Spin, The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, Nerve, and Modern Humorist. He lives in Chicago with his wife.
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This book has many of the things that I enjoy about Rabin. He can be hilariously urbane but also is valiantly putting aside his original biases to understand why there are Phish fans and Juggalos and admiring the lack of self-consciousness that comes with these subcultures.
The main problem comes about halfway through when he starts inserting himself into the proceedings more and more. As a character from Almost Famous puts it, we already have a Hunter S. Thompson. Even if this worked well in The Big Rewind, I feel like I wanted to see more of the Juggalos and Phish fans and less of Rabin's internal process. Rabin is a great writer and most of the time I can follow him and I still enjoyed this book, but his personal stuff gets in the way here. Most of the time, he can use the personal material for insightful and amazing writing, so he shouldn't stop. But it doesn't always work and there are points here where it does not.
After reading this book I have respect for ICP and realized that I'm simply guilty of judging a book by its cover. Judging ICP and their fans is like judging Phish heads for what they do w/o fully understanding why they do what they do. Fact is when music touches you and you find your 'people' it truly is the gift of a lifetime and no one has the right to judge that.
I think the line that really hit me hard was when the author and his girlfriend were standing in line to see ICP and a man with a scar on his face turned around and mentioned that this is the only place where he doesn't feel like a freak. That really hit me because even free thinking people can become jaded and judgmental. Though I don't consider myself a juggalo and probably won't go see ICP my eyes are open and I have respect for them and their tribe.
The Phish portions were great as I feel like the author maintained a presence in the audience/crowd vs. got in the inside. I've been seeing Phish for almost 20 years now and during that time I've bumped into them in the lot, hotels, etc... Each time I found myself with nothing to say. There's something mystique about Phish and sometimes I wonder if meeting the band would ruin it. That's what I found cool about this book is it kind of maintained that aspect and kept it real.
Anyhow - I rec'd picking this one up its a good one.
P.S. As messed up as your life was during the course of events while writing this book - it seems fitting much like a Phish song. Perhaps like Antelope - starts out normal, gets crazy, then finds itself again to land everyone home peacefully. ;-)