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On the Lower Frequencies

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ISBN13: 9781933368986
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On the Lower Frequencies is at once a manual, memoir, and history of creative resistance in a world awash with war and poverty. An icon on the 1990s zine scene, Iggy Scam traces not only the evolution of cities, but of his own thinking, from his early focus on more outré forms of resistance through more contemplative times as he becomes preoccupied with the need for a more affirmative vision of the future. In one of the book's key pieces, Scam celebrates the history and passing of Hunt's Donuts in San Francisco’s Mission District. On one level an epitaph for a beloved hangout and on another a metaphor for the effects of gentrification, it's the untold history of an entire neighborhood in a single retail establishment. Whether handing out fake Starbucks coupons or dreaming of a future with more public art and punk holidays, Scam gives the reader inspiration for living defiantly.

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"Forget statistics and pretentious analysis of urban society. Take a walk through the city with Erick Lyle and discover the reality of how people live in an American city." Howard Zinn

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"Erick Lyle puts his ghetto-blaster of a book upside the head of the urban bourgeoisie, turns up the volume, and lets them feel the pain of the streets. Everyone talks about 'guerilla art', but Lyle and his crew are the real deal, Viet Cong in the interstices of gentrification." Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz

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"The attitude, the politics, the writing, the adventures, the crowbars! — I loved it all. SCAM quickly became my favorite zine." Pete Jordan, Dishwasher

About the Author

Erick Lyle (formerly known as Iggy Scam) is a writer, musician, actor and zinester. Born in Miami, FL, he's lived all over the United States, and resides mostly in San Francisco, CA.

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allergictobullshit, December 9, 2008 (view all comments by allergictobullshit)
One thing that I guess is important is that there exist cultural alternatives for people, which I think this book shows at least one alternative exists.

Some things bother me about the content even though I think its a good read. One quick example is the electrician (?) landlord part. It bugs me that the author basically makes fun of him. This seems to happen throughout this guys writings. Always making fun of people, humor at someone's expense. A lot of times it is funny, but its simply unfair. Who knows what people are thinking. What about the criticism of homeless shelters? I mean some people that work there actually try, and banning people is a very complicated issue. Can't the author do something without having to talk crap about others who try a similar thing and maybe fail, without then glorifying their efforts?

I used to have quite a bit of respect for these folks, the scam punks. I liked there lack of british punk image and really living the lifestyle. It seemed cooler, more intelligent I guess than 'fuck society'. Now, looking back, quite a few really laughed at others who took their punk with mohawks and tattoos seriously. It is an incredibly uncool, boring thing to engage with others as they are sometimes, those with entirely different belief templates. Indeed, it can be compromising. But it seems more responsible to myself to do so if I have an interest in the treatment of others, like the free breakfast program conveys. I read a letter he wrote once published in a copy of nosedive. I think it was about white privilege. That was a very well-written letter. It was spot-on about the contradictions one must engage in, and the letter did not make fun of anyone. I wish he wrote more like this. Anyway, I guess my feeling about erick lyle is that he's not honest with himself, not on good terms with his life. My impression is that he could not look people in the eye unless he was making a joke, making sarcastic remarks, or telling a story where we are suppose to laugh with him at others. Maybe his own looks will give us something to laugh at eventually. Losing hair? Losing teeth? Whatever, some things are not in our control.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781933368986
Author:
Lyle, Erick
Publisher:
Soft Skull Press
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History
Subject:
Social change
Subject:
Subculture -- California -- San Francisco.
Subject:
Counterculture - California - San Francisco -
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW illustrations throughout
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 9.5 oz

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History and Social Science » Social Science » Essays
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Product details 224 pages Soft Skull Press - English 9781933368986 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Forget statistics and pretentious analysis of urban society. Take a walk through the city with Erick Lyle and discover the reality of how people live in an American city."
"Review" by , "Erick Lyle puts his ghetto-blaster of a book upside the head of the urban bourgeoisie, turns up the volume, and lets them feel the pain of the streets. Everyone talks about 'guerilla art', but Lyle and his crew are the real deal, Viet Cong in the interstices of gentrification."
"Review" by , "The attitude, the politics, the writing, the adventures, the crowbars! — I loved it all. SCAM quickly became my favorite zine."
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