Virtual Book Launch: The Psychic Soviet by Ian Svenonius in conversation with Glen E. Friedman

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About the Book.

A new, expanded collection of essays and articles from one of the mainstays of the Washington, DC, underground rock and roll scene, The Psychic Soviet is Ian F. Svenonius’s groundbreaking first book of writings. The selections are written in a lettered yet engaging style, filled with parody and biting humor that subvert capitalist culture, and cover such topics as the ascent of the DJ as a star, the “cosmic depression” that followed the defeat of the USSR, how Seinfeld caused the bankruptcy of modern pop culture, and the status of rock and roll as a religion. The pocket-sized book is bound with a durable bright-pink plastic cover, recalling the aesthetics of Mao’s Little Red Book, and perfect for carrying into the fray of street battle, classroom, or lunch-counter argument.


Table of Contents

 The Psychic Soviet
 Vampirism & Vampirology
 The Bloody Latte
 Beatles vs. Stones
 Rock ’N’ Rolligion
 The Responsible Use of Rock ’N’ Roll
 Eat the Rocument
 Time As Money
Seinfeld Syndrome
  Rock ’N’ Roll As Real Estate
A Warning to Swedish Girls
Mordor Dearest
Camp Exploitation
The Stilyagi
The Seduction of Paolo Hewitt
The Mix Master Race
You Can’t Always Get No Satisfaction
Personal Inscription
Afterword (to the second edition)
Epilogue: The Psychick Psketchbook



About The Author.

IAN F. SVENONIUS is the author of the underground best sellers The Psychic SovietSupernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group, and Censorship Now!! He was also the host of’s Soft Focus, where he interviewed Mark E. Smith, Genesis P. Orridge, Chan Marshall, Ian MacKaye, and others. As a musician he has created more than twenty albums and countless singles in various rock and roll combos (Chain & the Gang, Weird War, The Make-Up, The Nation of Ulysses, etc.). He lives in Washington, DC.

Event date: 
Monday, July 6, 2020 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9781617757662
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Published: Akashic Books - July 7th, 2020

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By Glen E. Friedman (Photographer), Ian F. Svenonius (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781617757006
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Published: Akashic Books - July 2nd, 2019