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On the Lower Frequencies [Paperback]

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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 outr 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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Pages   269
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2008
Publisher   Soft Skull Press
ISBN  1933368985  
ISBN13  9781933368986  

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a colorful exercise in futility  May 12, 2008
"On The Lower Frequencies" is full of interesting anecdotes that paint a vibrant picture of San Francisco's radical culture. The reader is exposed to a fascinating world of guerilla punk concerts, crooked politicians, decrepit donut shops, street people, illegal art spaces, and grassroots activism. The book is both colorful and engaging. Yet far from being hollow entertainment, Lyle's diary from within the walls of modern urban counterpower also serves as a cautionary tale about unfocused idealism.

Lyle is clearly quite passionate about his various political beliefs, yet after all the protesting, drum-banging, and wall-spraying he and his cohorts engage in, one can't help but notice that their protests are almost entirely ineffective at enacting actual change. Lyle and his crew are evidence that mere passion and ideological opposition are not sufficient to change the structure of the world we live in.

Nevertheless, the reader is more than happy to ride around with Lyle and friends for a 260 page slice of blue collar San Francisco radicalism during the George W. Bush years.

3 1/2 stars.

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