Monday, March 17, 2014

Tales of San Francisco Cacophony Society

As detailed above we had a reading/book signing March 15th for Tales of San Francisco Cacophony Society.

Ever heard of the San Francisco Cacophony Society? They're the ones who started Burning Man and Santa Con. They apologized profusely for Santa Con and parts of Burning Man. 

Chuck Palahniuk used his experiences with them as a model for Project Mayhem in his book Fight Club. He also wrote the introduction for their book. Winston Smith, an artist who has also worked with Dead Kennedys was there. The other artist couldn't make it because he was in jail.

One woman in the audience asked if there was a point to the collective madness detailed in the book. If you have to ask what the point was to pie wars and getting drunk and blowing shit up then you exist on a different paradigm and will never know the answer. 
The definition of cacophony provided by randomly gathered network of individuals united in the pursuit of experiences beyond the pale of mainstream society through subversion, pranks, art and fringe happenings. 

The fact that local artists I've heard of and met in collaboration with other things are highlighted in this book and the brain child of Project Mayhem was based on the society is reason enough for me to own a copy. If you have to ask why that's interesting you'll never know.


  1. This group sounds reminiscent of Ken Kesey's "Merry Pranksters" from the 60's and 70's.

    1. Ha ha, yeah. The "Merry Pranksters" linked up with the Hells Angels all dropping acid with Hunter S. T.