The Psychic Soviet by Ian F. Svenonius


A reissue of Ian F. Svenonius’s cult-classic debut essay collection, including brand-new writing in this expanded edition.

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Our Bookseller Says . . .

An interesting collection of essays by leftist musician Ian F. Svenonius. Covers a wide range of political and cultural topics, including: Seinfeld being one of the driving forces of gentrification, the notion that imperialistic nations engage in drinking the blood of the conquered via imported liquors, and rock & roll being its own religion, complete with priests, saints, and missionary work. – Sylvie

A new, expanded collection of essays and articles from one of the mainstays of the Washington, DC, underground rock and roll scene, The Psychic Soviet is Ian F. Svenonius’s groundbreaking first book of writings. The selections are written in a lettered yet engaging style, filled with parody and biting humor that subvert capitalist culture, and cover such topics as the ascent of the DJ as a star, the “cosmic depression” that followed the defeat of the USSR, how Seinfeld caused the bankruptcy of modern pop culture, and the status of rock and roll as a religion. The pocket-sized book is bound with a durable bright-pink plastic cover, recalling the aesthetics of Mao’s Little Red Book, and perfect for carrying into the fray of street battle, classroom, or lunch-counter argument.

The Psychic Soviet by Ian F. Svenonius