Ian Svenonius discusses Supernatural Strategies in Popular Music
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 7:00 P.M., City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco


celebrating the release of

Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group: a how-to guide (with illustrations)

from Akashic Books

Ian Svenonius's experience as an iconic underground rock musician--playing in such highly influential and revolutionary outfits as The Make-Up and The Nation of Ulysses--gives him special insight on techniques for not only starting but also surviving a rock 'n' roll group. Therefore, he's written an instructional guide, which doubles as a warning device, a philosophical text, an exercise in terror, an aerobics manual, and a coloring book.

This volume features essays on everything the would-be star should know to get started, such as Sex, Drugs, Sound, Group Photo, The Van, and Manufacturing Nostalgia. The book will also have black-and-white illustrations. Supernatural Strategies will serve as an indispensable guide for a new generation just aching to boogie.

IAN F. SVENONIUS is the author of the underground best seller The Psychic Soviet (Drag City Press, 2007). He was also the host of VBS.tv's Soft Focus, a different breed of chat show, where he interviewed Mark E. Smith, Genesis P. Orridge, Chan Marshall, Ian MacKaye, and others. As a musician he has created eighteen albums and countless singles in various rock 'n' roll combos (Chain & the Gang, Weird War, The Make-Up, The Nation of Ulysses, etc.). He lives in Washington, D.C.