Gonzo journalist Craven Rock and artist Damon Thompson take readers through one of the most infamous subcultures in America with JAGGALO COUNTRY: INSIDE THE WORLD OF INSANE CLOWN POSSE AND AMERICA’S WEIRDEST MUSIC SCENE. But there is much more than that in these scant 223 pages.
Before attending “The Gathering” (an annual music show headlined, operated, and controlled by ICP) Rock studied this unique subculture. He learned a little about their pseudo-Judaeo-Christian religion, Dark Carnival, the almost metaphysical origin of the band, and a few surface level bits of information on Juggalo society. This, however, did not prepare him for The Gathering. It did not prepare him for the vagaries, depravities, wonders, kindnesses, and Bacchanalian debauchery he witnesses there. It did not prepare him to stumble onto an empathetic connection to the subculture.... It did not prepare him to see all the good and bad of it.... I will not get into the details because to do so would be to give away too much of Rock’s exploration and understanding of this simultaneously complex and simple subculture. All I will say is that it is an informative read about a subculture of people who, by and large, came up like me. And I for one would like to thank Rock for opening my eyes up to it.
Favorite line? This is a hard one because Rock has a way with words that’s rough around the edges in all the right ways. But I think the best one comes up near the end and it’s simple, all encompassing for Juggalo culture, and maybe even a little moving: “And I, this scrubby ex-punk rock kid trying to be a journalist, stare into the clown face and I see that it’s not about the size of one’s bank account, but the size of one’s heart. And Juggalos got heart. They really got fucking heart.” #readinglist #juggalos #juggalettes #thegathering #icp #insaneclownposse #cravenrock #gonzojournalism #journalism #microcosmpublishing #reading #nonfiction