## Davey Dynamite’s ROCK AND ROLL, from his album “Holy Shit!” (2016). Lyrics provided by Davey & published with his permission.
Hey hey, my my, rock n roll will surely die, and it doesn’t really matter, it doesn’t really matter my my, hey hey, rock n roll will fade away, and it doesn’t really matter, I don’t know if it matters It will change and it will grow, set in stone that’s meant to roll, and our memories won’t hold much at all And I’m sure it saved our souls, but even they will one day go, one and all… and I don’t know if it matters Hey hey, my my, rock n roll was stolen by, white people in leather my my, hey hey, rock n roll was turned away, until it made some cheddar, started sellin so much better Yeah the black folks on the streets, targeted by the police, makin harmonies and beats despite it all they will watch their art get taken, commodified and put in banks and they will wonder, what the fuck still matters Hey hey, my my, Neil Young will someday die, and I don’t know if it matters, but it’s such a fuckin bummer my my, hey hey, his name will someday fade away, and no one will remember, no one will remember He can sue me for this one, but he made some killer songs, making art that stood for peace and not for war Kept some farmers on their farms, fought the corporations causing so much harm, and I’m thinking that’s what matters Hey hey, my my, you and I will one day die, and I don’t know if it matters, but I’m thinking that’s what matters, my my, hey hey, you and I will fade away, so let’s make this fucking matter, yeah let’s make this fucking matter
Not Year Zero “Now you can go where the people are one Now you can go where they get things done” [DK:HiC]
FAQ: Flippantly Angsty Quandry Volume 1, Issue Nine
Assembled by Luther Blissett # Welcome Back Welcome to the second-to-last issue for Volume 1! Hooray! We have a series of cut-ups here. These will continue for a bit. Plus more reflection on aging gay. Also, I’ve included some fun woodcuts. Really love the old designs. I hope you enjoy the issue! Check us out on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FAQzine Visit us at Medium: https://medium.com/@FAQzine See our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FAQzine/ Hear us at Spreaker: http://www.spreaker.com/user/faqzine ## Repo Man Quote Lite: Put your seatbelt on, boy. I don't ride with anybody 'less they wear their seatbelt. It's one of my rules. ## Cut-Up: Baudelaire “Solitary’s Wine” vs. “Dawn” A handsome woman glides within the army camp. Tall, commanding, the sinuous moon sends the lake to bathe lust and swarming heat. Twisting in sheets: his purse of cash, a flaming kiss pulses. Stares red air, music sounds’ distant burden. Body’s sway torches day. Great jug, all threes penetrating balms breezes will wipe dry. Escaping things saved for the pious, you pour out making love and pride. Treasure makes us send smoke women of the streets. ## Cut-Up: Baudelaire “Dawn” and “Mists & Rain” joined A bloody eye that pulses torches casts a stain of red. Burden body’s sway, ghastly painted eyes, mouth gaping open. Poor women, slack breasts dangling, smoldering legs, purple nails—a tormented sob cut short by foaming blood. Sea fogs, bathing shops, poorhouse wretches’ strangulated coughs. Trembling gown of rose and green. Mud soaked spring, I praise stupefaction. Enveloping heart and brain shrouds, vapors’ tomb of mist and rain. Season sweet to the funereal breast, face your pale shades where moonlight never dares bed.
While the manifestos will interest some folks, and as many online readers indicate they may be the most important part of Sober Living, the only one that I find inspiring was The Antifa Straight Edge. Then again, I’m an aging fag that isn’t straight edge… Hence some of my bias. This may be my age showing. While Nick Riotfag's piece is well-developed, and pretty well defended, there are repeated tones, structures, and references that remind me of academic writing--and I found that a bit troubling. That's my personal taste, though. Having said that, it's Riotfag’s type of analyses, internal to a scene that are well articulated and in-depth, that can bring important changes or crises of identities and issues--and then allow folks to move forward. As Riotfag's second piece indicates, this occurs. Setting the tone for the whole book is, of course, the requisite opening interview with MacKaye. Next up was ManLiftingBanner. As a reader who started to read the book chronologically, these were two solid and important ways to open and frame the book. Roots and then radicalism. Great framing. While I did enjoy the diversity, both in terms of internationality and gender, there was a real gap in the presence of women. No doubt this, in part, reflects both turnover in the sXe scenes as well as the absence of women which so many interviewees discussed. The scene interview with Tanja about Sweden and then Jenni about Poland were exactly what they should have been: informative, detailed, connecting personal with the larger scene. They added useful and interesting perspectives of sXe—at least in portions of Europe. I just wanted to see more. For example, the Laura Synthesis interview had limited depth and breadth compared to the other interviews. However, at least she avoided pontificating like Hurley. The book is worth buying. Kuhn takes straight edge out of a self-imposed ghetto and shows just how diverse and powerful sXe has been in shaping youth resistance cultures globally. From what we read, sXe caused some of the resistance in some scenes, while in other scenes, sXe was, and still is, a strategy for resistance. Sober Living for the Revolution, most importantly, offers multiple paths and examples for people interested in sober living and political militancy. This is an opportunity to learn from others. For those interested in neither sobriety nor social change, the book is still powerful and interesting. Sober Living collects multiple diverse perspectives on a complex scene, a scene that appears to be white middle class male meathead at first; take a moment and look past that and you find something quite diverse: something that bursts the heavy USA-centered myopsy when thinking, writing, and researching punk cultures. Kuhn helps you start to look.
Manifestos, Reflections, and Perspectives. These divisions largely make sense, but the reflections seem to be more discussions of past projects. For anyone who actually works or tries to build, to create, or to get things done in DIY or punk cultures, this section is probably the most valuable. In most cases, except for the Hurley interview which appears to be included because of either his anarcho-primitivist perspective or his band's status, the material is useful and engaging. Nick Riotfag and Jenni Ramme, in particular, share extensive reflections both on what worked well but also what flailed in their projects. More importantly, they indicate how they go forward. The Hurley interview, in contrast, seemed more like one guy attempting to rehash what he's read about anarchoprimitivism and then put that in some context with sXe for this book. Frankly, that interview should have gone in a zine, not a book. Far more interesting were the Perspectives, especially the Gomez brothers' discussion of hardcore networks and sXe as intuitive resistance. Santiago engages in textual play at a level that's only bested, in this volume at least, by Point of No Return's "Bending to Stay Straight."
“There is no escape—we pay for the violence of our ancestors.” ― Frank Herbert, Dune Page 6
## What are you supposed to do in an Age-Different Gay Relationship? [Part 1; Part 2 continued in Issue 10] Once you’ve met, connected, had sex, and decided that you enjoy each other for more than a friend-with-benefits or fuck buddy, it can be a little bit confusing: what are you supposed to do with each other? This confusion can increase when the age difference between partners increase. The short answer is that you spend time together. It’s important that time is spent doing things that both men like to do; it’s vital to share and not try and make the person be just like you. An older partner may want to try and shape a younger man to do all the things he likes to do, to mold the younger into his image. This is not good. It rejects and ignores that the younger partner has his own identity, personality, and interests. Similarly, the younger partner may want to bring the older partner to everything he does, all the parties and events he goes to, but not understand that often older partners have other ongoing obligations and responsibilities—things he can’t simply drop or ignore in order to be with the younger man all of the time. Page 3
Balance is important. Rather than dashing fast and furious into a life together, if you find someone you adore and keeps your mind and heart, treat it as a long term emotional and psychological investment. You don’t have to have and do everything now and all at once. If you take the whirlwind approach, you may well unintentionally harm one another. Keep in mind that as you rapidly fall in to passion and adoration, your friends and colleagues will probably know something is up. Relevant people will care about you, and if you go head first in to a relationship that they don’t understand—few people actually get age different relationships, gay or straight—they’ll suspect you’re being conned, that you’ve gone bit nutty, or something else. Some friends may be supportive, but it’s helpful and useful to seek balance in how you spend time together. In terms of doing things, this means bringing you new man to some of the parties you go to, to some of the events you regularly attend, to some of hobbies you engage with. If you’re worried about what others may think, that’s something you need to consider: how important are others’ opinions versus how much you respect your relationship and your new man? Are you embarrassed by your new man’s age? At first, this is understandable. It’s new. He’s different. He’s probably not at all like most of your social group or friends. However, it’s important to not alienate or ignore your friends or your new man. Trying to mix them, getting them to interact, is an important step. Dealing with family and the age difference can be troublesome. It can also be downright problematic. For nearly ten years my parents did not meet my partner. Part of it was definitely their figuring out or accepting that I was gay and this was not just a stage. However, I’m also convinced that they would have met him three or five years earlier if he would have been my age instead of being older than my parents. The age difference has a huge impact—one that is difficult to predict with any reliability—for people. I’ve found that I can never reliably predict who is going to react in a positive, or negative, manner, either. I’m always a bit astonished.
“The problem with introspection is that it has no end.” ― Philip K. Dick ## Sober Living for the Revolution: Hardcore Punk, Straight Edge, and Radical Politics. PM Press. 2010. Edited by Gabriel Kuhn Note: If you are part of the sXe scene, then you know more than I do, so I can't say whether or not you should get this book. Check with your scene's best reviewers. If you do decide to read this review, thanks for your time and attention. If not, no worries. Published about seven years ago, Kuhn's edited volume holds significant value. It is a great overview and introduction to the powerful potentials of straight edge (sXe). Best passage of the book: Page 24 where MacKaye goes off on people leaving the scene: “There is the classic moment when people say, “Yes, and then punk, or hard core, or straight edge, or whatever, died.” But it always died when they left the picture or when their band split up. It seems that they are talking about an energy that was contained within them—whereas I see an energy that is a constant ever-flowing river.” Other gems: The Antifa Straight Edge; ManLiftingBanner interview; Interview with Jenni Ramme of Emancypunx.
Kuhn divides the book into five sections: Bands, Scenes,