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Published: 2013/06/11

AV Club Writer Talks Phish and Insane Clown Posse In New Book

The next book about Phish comes from a rather unique perspective. Former AV Club head writer Nathan Rabin will chronicle his time following both Phish and Insane Clown Posse.

Dubbed You Don’t Know Me But You Don’t Like Me: Phish, Insane Clown Posse and My Misadventures with Two of Music’s Most Maligned Tribes, the first person account discusses his experiences touring with two different bands with cult-like followings.

“It was originally going to be this sort of dry, ethnological, sociological text,” Rubin recently told Rolling Stone. “It was going to be this wry, ironic outsider casting an amused, affectionate look at these strange people. My plan proved unfeasible,” he says. “Both because my heart wasn’t in it, but also because I don’t have the journalistic skill set to write that kind of book. So it started as an outsider looking in, but it became my story – the story of someone who had their brain cracked open and all these weird experiences and people and music sort of seeped in.”

A book description from Amazon elaborates:

When memoirist and head writer for The A.V. Club Nathan Rabin first set out to write about obsessed music fans, he had no idea the journey would take him to the deepest recesses of both the pop culture universe and his own mind. For two very curious years, Rabin, who Mindy Kaling called “smart and funny” in The New Yorker, hit the road with two of music’s most well-established fanbases: Phish’s hippie fans and Insane Clown Posse’s notorious “Juggalos.” Musically or style-wise, these two groups could not be more different from each other, and Rabin, admittedly, was a cynic about both bands. But once he gets deep below the surface, past the caricatures and into the essence of their collective cultures, he discovers that both groups have tapped into the human need for community. Rabin also grapples with his own mental well-being—he discovers that he is bipolar—and his journey is both a prism for cultural analysis and a deeply personal exploration, equal parts humor and heart.

In the same interview with _Rolling Stone, he also discusses the similarities between the two acts, Phish’s cover of “Boogie on Reggae Woman” and a number of other tidbits about his adventure.

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