Friday, January 17, 2014

You Don't Know Me but You Don't Like Me by Nathan Rabin

It begins, as these things generally do, with a girl.* What else could drive a man to go follow Phish for a summer (or two) as well as dive into the world of the Insane Clown Posse (ICP)? Nathan Rabin does both of these things in part to write this book, but also because of a girl who sent him the ICP video "Miracles" who happened to be a Phish fan.

What follows is an attempt to understand, explore and ultimately see what makes these two groups separate from the mainstream, yet still be profitable acts that can sell out concerts and festivals. From experiencing the Lot at a Phish show, to attending the Gathering of the Juggalo's, Rabin does not shy away from any experience a true follower would have.

You may not know what a Juggalo is, or ever want to experience the Lot at a Phish concert, yet You Don't Know Me makes you see the appeal to both groups. Rabin gives faces to the people who just happen to love the groups Insane Clown Posse and Phish. While they might be two separate tribes, each are a type of family that gives identity to those who may be lost and searching. You Don't Know Me but You Don't Like Me would appeal to fans of Chuck Klosterman, as well as those readers interested in music, as well as Phish and ICP fans.

Check out 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 @ the library!

*First line of the book, and the best way to introduce this book.