Saturday, April 15, 2006
The Shuteye Train -- still the ultimate punk writer band.
DEDICATION. It was 25 years ago this Sunday that the punk writers of South Street formally dedicated The Boomer Bible. If you're a fan of InstaPunk, please take some time this week to examine how it all started. You can do that here, but not in one minute or thirty. This blog is only an outgrowth of a huge prior effort that can take days to explore. The BB website is the product of multiple contributors, including the original author and talented devotees of the book. Specific areas you might want to investigate include thumbnails of MSM reviews, the homilies of the lowly parish beacon, BS, the TBB numerology essays by Henry Elders, Rumors of the Metalkort (a photographic essay on South Street) by Matt Cordrey, the connection between The Boomer Bible and the events of 9/11 (various writers, including a bombshell from Henry Elders), the photographic gallery delineating TBB's Hollywood casting of Harry's followers, the map showing links from one of TBB's 12,000 intercolumn reference citations (Wil.25.5: "There isn't any God"), excerpts from the text content (incomplete and troubled by typos but nonetheless helpful), several essays and expositions that introduce some of the unique aspects of the book (e.g., here, here, and here), the two Psongs of Harry which commemorated his 60th birthday last August, and a listing of other books that can help illuminate this unusual work.
Do what you will. We just thought we'd remind you.
UPDATE. An email we had to share with you, from a longtime TBB forum member:
Why would it take me 15 years to figure out the significance of April 19th?
The single act of punk defiance that created everything we are today. The shot heard round the world. Jeez. I bet it's the origin of "Fuck you and the horse you rode in on!"
I'm seeing the light, [InstaPunk], I really, truly, am seeing the light.
The Crisis by Thomas Paine, April 19th 1777. "America, till now, could never be called a free country, because her legislation depended on the will of a man three thousand miles distant, whose interest was in opposition to ours, and who, by a single "no," could forbid what law he pleased." This is a quote that should be shoved down people's throats.
April 19th seems to be a day of defiance or mind altering tragedy.
April 19th, 1943. Germans invade the Warsaw Ghetto, but hey: "Fuck you, and your jackboots." A shot rang out. Isn't THAT a coincidence?
April 19th, 1993. Waco. Defiance, tragedy.
April 19th, 1995 Oklahoma City. Criminal tragedy. I'm not condoning this in any way, but the defiance factor is there, albeit psychotic defiance.
April 19th, 2000 Elian Gonzales...
That's all for now. Wish I could leave this on Instapunk... you know I like to make people stop for a second.
Very truly yours,
Now you're posted on InstaPunk. And we thank you for all you've done over the years. Don't underestimate your accomplishments. We don't.
UPDATE 2 (4/20/06). Thanks to Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit for acknowledging the anniversary, and welcome to visitors. If you've got the time, check out some of our newer entries while you're here. If we can't make you laugh, there's something wrong with you.