The Tribe

The Tribe

by Jean-Michel Mension
     
 

Between 1952 and 1954, Jean-Michel Mension haunted Saint-Germain-des-Prés as a member of the legendary Letterist International, direct progenitor of the Situationist International. In a series of conversations, Mension recounts this very particular vie de bohème whiled away with Guy Debord and a rogue's gallery of hard drinkers and thinkers. The

Overview

Between 1952 and 1954, Jean-Michel Mension haunted Saint-Germain-des-Prés as a member of the legendary Letterist International, direct progenitor of the Situationist International. In a series of conversations, Mension recounts this very particular vie de bohème whiled away with Guy Debord and a rogue's gallery of hard drinkers and thinkers. The rich iconography includes many of Ed van der Elsken's celebrated photographs of "the tribe" and a trove of Letterist leaflets and posters. A rare, vivid tour of a moment and milieu barely noticed at the time by the tourists flocking to Saint-Germain for a glimpse of Sartre & Co.

Jean-Michel Mension (b. 1934) later joined the Communist Party and participated in the Ligue Communiste.

Editorial Reviews

Filmmaker Magazine
In this post-War, pre-'60s era, when Mension was hanging out with Guy Debord and other young rogues, one could be a hard drinker as well as a methodical thinker. Subtitled “Contributions to the History of the Situationist International and Its Time, Vol. I, Gerard Berreby and Francesco Milo¹s interviews depict youth spent unwisely and well.
Greil Marcus
As an intense and subjective account of the creation of a subculture, this is also a true work of bookmaking, with illustrations and marginalia so completely contextualizing the story it doesn't matter if you have no idea who any of the characters are or why anyone is talking about them now.
Salon.com
Nation
City Lights . . . has published what is the inaugural volume of its 'Contributions to the History of the Situationist International and Its Time.' The Tribe is ....a charming sketch of a time and place where characters like Mension and Debord collided to create new ways of living and thinking.
Publishers Weekly
Inveterate 1950s-style Parisian slacker Jean-Michel Mension's first book, The Tribe: Conversations with G rard Berr by and Francesco Milo (volume 1 of Contributions to the History of the Situationist International and Its Time), arrives in this country translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith. Published in France in 1998, the lengthy interview concerns Paris's Saint-Germain-des-Pr s neighborhood in the years 1952-1954, when the members of Letterist International and then of Situationist International, an even more Boho crowd than Sartre et al., were hanging around at Moineau's bar and, frequently, behind bars. Mension, who began submitting writing to the Letterist journal at 18, recounts life in this fascinating, emphatically improvident, quasi-anarchist subculture, delivering vivid anecdotes and a still-fresh scoff-law sensibility. B&w photos. ( Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780872863927
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Series:
Contributions to the History of the Situationist International and Its Time Series
Pages:
145
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

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McKenzie Wark
In his oral memoir THE TRIBE, Jean-Michel Mension provides a useful context for [Guy] Debord's particular estrangement from postwar modernity. Mension reveals a multicultural dimension that is rarely explored in the burgeoning literature on this group . . .

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