It is Friday, isn’t it?
Because Stephen Colbert was making fun of Phish and Trey Anastasio last night I thought I would put this up:
If you’re into this kind of thing.
Also, too, I’m looking forward to reading this on my travels during the Christmas to New Year’s break
What do Phish and Insane Clown Posse have in common? A whole lot more than you might think, especially if you ask Nathan Rabin, who spent the better part of two years following these groups and attempting find out what makes them simultaneously cherished and reviled by so many people. From The Gathering of the Juggalos to Phish’s Super Ball IX, Rabin got his hands (and head) dirty as he suddenly found himself appreciating these seemingly disparate bands while teetering on the brink of a complete emotional breakdown.
The premise of You Don’t Know Me But You Don’t Like Me could be the basis for a pretty interesting sociology thesis. But Rabin is a writer for The Onion and wisely decided to completely immerse himself in the communities of these two bands, happily gobbling up every illicit substance handed to him and embracing the love and wonder of his new environments. The result is a fast-moving, often hilarious account of why some people can’t live without these bands.
Lastly I noted on the twitter machine last night, as America was being horrified by NBC’s Sound of Music Live, that, if you had a problem with Carrie Underwood in the Julie Andrews’ role, be forewarned that there are tentative plans to make Sheila Weller’s mostly excellent Girls Like Us into a film with…wait for it: Taylor Swift playing the role of Joni Mitchell.
I’m pretty sure that will be music’s Katrina. Or 9/11. Probably both…