Hmph. Reading one’s ex-boyfriend’s blog is one sure way to fuck oneself up. It’s also a way to find things that matter to me that I can’t find anywhere else; following links that lead me back to myself, there is time for that in cyberspace.
Today’s surfing led to these lovely portraits and oral histories compiled by the artist Fly and released in the comic book Peops, about which Glorious Noise wrote:
They are stories about life on the road, being in bands, life after the dissolution of bands, being arrested in demonstrations or just trying on a local level to rattle the cage of apathy. “[The book] started while I was touring the world [as a roadie] with God is My Co-Pilot,” Fly writes in her introduction. “I was constantly drawing people and writing their conversations because they would speak such poetic English to me… I became obsessed with the idea of documenting all the hidden histories.”
The people Fly features are artists, musicians, activists and seekers. A few are well known – Lydia Lunch, Art Spiegelman, John Zorn – but most are anonymous members of what used to be known as the underground…In general they’re creative people who don’t want mainstream careers, draw inspiration from music and find meaning in collective action.
If that sounds a little too good to be true, rest assured this isn’t a hipper-than-thou text designed to make you feel small for having a job and needing a pillow at night. (Actually, the old underground might have done that, so maybe we’re better off with this kinder, gentler, if media-exposed, underground.) The people Fly interviews are mostly realistic as well as idealistic. They’ve fallen in and out of jobs; their experiences with politics are often disappointing.
I’ve never met any of these people, but they’re more familiar to me than people I see day in and day out, and though I don’t know them they remind me of the only people I’ve ever really known, and I don’t mean scenesters per se, but a certain faculty common to all, whatever it is. Maybe that’s all it is: maybe some people are capable of being known.
“The faces of this book, are real and true, and have the uncompromising dignity of people not for sale.”
You can see a sample of Fly’s portraits and stories here.