Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society (Hardcover)
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This book will prove to be a template for pranksters, artists, adventurers and anyone interested in rampant creativity, for years to come. Tales Of The San Francisco Cacophony Society is a retelling in period images and words of the history of the most influential underground cabal that you have never heard of. Rising from the ashes of the mysterious and legendary Suicide Club, The Cacophony Society, at its zenith, hosted chapters in over a dozen major cities, and influenced much of what was once called the underground. Flash Mobs, Urban Exploration, and Culture Jamming are a few of the pop culture trends that Cacophony helped kick off. Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club, Burning Man and Internet social networking powerhouse Laughing Squid were informed and inspired by Cacophony. The Burning Man Festival actually began as a Cacophony event as did the annual, and now world-wide SantaCon. Cacophony events could range from something as simple as climbing the Golden Gate Bridge or having a discussion over drinks about a movie seen together, to something as elaborate as The Atomic Cafe - an event involving a hundred bedraggled "nuclear holocaust Survivors" mounting elaborate costumed rituals throughout the bowels of a massive abandoned tooth paste factory. Yes.... Cacophony was that strange. Cacophony's heyday was concurrent with the rise of the internet. The story of this group is of historical significance for this reason. Information about upcoming pranks, street theater and other events hosted by Cacophony was spread by paper flyers posted on telephone poles and left in coffee shops, by the Societies mailer "Rough Draft" and by word of mouth. Then, with the genesis of personal computing and social networking, the jokers, artists and troublemakers of Cacophony were among some of the first non-geeks to explore the power of this new and world changing way of communicating. Burning Man, Urban Exploration, flash mobs and the like were avenues of creativity with their roots in Cacophony, that spread like wildfire through the mechanism of these new communication technologies. This book is a large format, full color, hardbound homage to this protean group. Tales of San Francisco Cacophony is replete with original art, never before published photographs, original documents, incredulous news accounts and is beautifully laid out by Carrie Galbraith with color illustrations by Kevin Evans and end plates by noted artist and Cacophonist Winston Smith.
About the Author
Kevin Evans is a games industry professional with a history of SF Cacophony involvement that reaches back to his art school days. Kevin Evans is a native Californian, born in San Luis Obispo, and resident of the San Francisco bay area since 1985. Chosen mediums are painting, printmaking, sculpture and digital media. Since 1995, Kevin has worked as an artist in the CGI/computer games industry. Professional associations include: Lucasfilm/Lucasarts Entertainment Company, Take 2, Activision, and Sony.
An early Cacophony member, Carrie Galbraith maintained the cacophony precepts in her travels and while living abroad, pranking the Venice Biennele and other venues in Italy as well as events while a Fulbright Scholar in Romania. Carrie Galbraith picked up a Rough Draft newsletter in a cafe in San Francisco in 1986. She attended her first event shortly thereafter and immediately subscribed to Rough Draft. She then became involved for many years in both the Editorship of Rough Draft and producing many types of events including initiating the Zone Trip concept, the Atomic Cafe and others
John Law is Professor in Sociology at the University of Keele, Staffordshire, England.