[Ibogaine] Patrick you're in another book

Vivienne Elanta vivienneelanta at yahoo.com.au
Sat Jan 22 01:24:09 EST 2005

I have this book, it's really a good read for all the historical research he's
put in and how memes and cool propagates through generations. He makes that
clear in the Yippies and Patrick with Legion of Doom. 

Really tho he starts by cautioning folks in the opener, he's got loads of great
material with you Patrick, interviews and quoting your writing and he's got an
whole chapter on why heroin is so cool, with Paul Krassner opening it up.

He cautions against drugs and then shows how all the coolest people are f***'d
up 24/7 and it's nearly a commercial for heroin. He's got you Patrick with
heroin, technology, the new edge and loads of good stuff, but ibogaine has a
one word mention in a sentence somewhere in the back. 

Largest organized secret service manhunt in history on legion of doom, the cool
of being dead, the cool of being hip, that's all there. Ibogaine is missing in
action. The only reference is under your name patrick, his very large index
doesn't even list ibogaine.

His whole premise is that the only cool whites are the criminals and junkies,
the 'white niggers' as he writes.

Two generations of so-called yippie culture, with Paul Krassner and Patrick and
the both of you are one long heroin commercial. Shame on you both! I shouldn't
say that, there isn't anyone in his book who isn't a drug commercial.

Luv the photograph of Richard Hell and Johnny Thunders!

Blessed be.
Vivienne Elanta

--- Vector Vector <vector620022002 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Patrick, from my college bookstore :)
> Hip: The History
> by John Leland
> Your quotes open one of his sections, you've got 9 or 10 pages, you,
> Legion of Doom, secret service, how it connects to the Yippies, ending
> with you in Florida, heroin addiction and ibogaine.
> Another fine job of tying it all together :)
> Congrats, in his closing White Niggers, he's got you with Dylan, Mark
> Twain and compares you to modern day Jesse James :) Love you Patrick,
> but I'm not typing in all those pages, I'm sure he sent you a copy
> anyway.
> You're a beautiful psycho :)
> I'll type one sentence for you :) Give me email already!
> "The hip antihero gathers no moss. We think of Dylan, Huck or Sal, or
> Jesse James, or Lord Digital, as traveling through a world with no
> baggage. Reinventing themselves on the road."
> "What is missing from this story is what the travelers bring back to us
> when they arrive. Along with their own unique epiphanies, the road
> warriors also transport ideas and knowledge from one place to another.
> Their adventures, in turn, seduce other travelers into motion."
> .:vector:.
> The proper way to read this book is of course, from the back. Checking
> to see if your name is in the index. If it's not in there (and let's
> face it, what are the chances?) my apologies. For some reason your hang
> time at the Six Gallery, or Northsix in Williamsburg, your matted coif
> and ironic eyeglasses, your collection of final vinyl and Burroughs
> first-editions, has escaped everyone's notice but your own. Probably
> the hip guy you knew in high school, or wish you were, or the ghost you
> passed at the needle exchange, didn't make it into this book either.
> Hip is an elusive thing and sometimes must be its own reward.
> If you are in the index, another sort of apology is in order. This is
> not a conventional history, faithfully reporting the experiences of
> people who lived it. Instead, it is a history of public perception,
> which by its nature is sometimes awry. Its distortions are part of what
> makes hip.
> If you think of Thelonious Monk or Miles Davis onstage, or Rakim
> writing rhymes in Long Island, Jay Z in the Bronx, you might think they
> are thinking very hip thoughts, but it is their imagination and the
> actions that people who are seduced by it take, that form hip's course.
> Hip is romanticism, not a catalog of facts.
> Hip is about people who cause waves that ripple through the big pond,
> it is not a suggestion to follow in their footsteps and become the next
> Neal Cassady, freezing to death in a ditch in Mexico after a
> methamphetmine induced heart attack. Yet Neal Cassady, along with Jim
> Carroll and Bob Dylan, will always belong in hip's cannon.
> In truth far too many of the celebrated figures in these pages led
> melancholy and difficult lives of isolation, mental illness and drug
> addiction. Interesting and romantic to read about, but very tough on
> those who live them.
> In the words of Ice-T, don't hate the player, hate the game. As the
> saying goes those who can, do. Those who can't, purchased this book.
> This book takes the reader on a remarkable journey from 17th century
> plantations to 21st century Williamsburg, Brooklyn. On route, we meet
> America's greatest hipsters- people who used language and manipulated
> the forces around them to transform society, from Mark Twain to
> Muhammed Ali, from Charlie Parker to Richard Hell. Leland draws a
> family tree linking the most influential cultural movements across
> generations, detailing not only how the unique American experience
> begat our cultural icons, but how, in turn, those enlightened
> individuals have shaped the world around them, our world.
> "Hip: A History" is sufficiently thorough and analytical to read like a
> textbook of American cultural history. But its much more than that.
> Leland's narratives put us right in the middle of some of the most
> provocative scenes: minstrel shows, the beats, bebops, early hip-hop
> and grafetti art, to name a few. You may not always agree with Leland
> about what is hip; that's part of the fun. But get on board for this
> trip across the racial, ethnic, geographic, economic and cultural
> divide that has brought us together and torn us apart over the last 350
> years and catch a glimpse of the artists who had their fingers on the
> pulse of their America. Its quite a ride.

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