On the Lower Frequencies is at once a manual, memoir, and history of creative resistance in a world awash with war and poverty. An icon on the 1990s zine scene, Iggy Scam traces not only the evolution of cities, but of his own thinking, from his early focus on more outré forms of resistance through more contemplative times as he becomes preoccupied with the need for a more affirmative vision of the future. In one of the book’s key pieces, Scam celebrates the history and passing of Hunt’s Donuts in San Francisco’s Mission District. On one level an epitaph for a beloved hangout and on another a metaphor for the effects of gentrification, it’s the untold history of an entire neighborhood in a single retail establishment. Whether handing out fake Starbucks coupons or dreaming of a future with more public art and punk holidays, Scam gives the reader inspiration for living defiantly.
|Publisher:||Soft Skull Press, Inc.|
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About the Author
Throughout the 1990's, Iggy edited Scam, an influential zine that featured personal writing, politics, reports on protest events and interviews with activists and punk bands. He has been a frequent contributor to Maximum Rock N Roll; Error, edited by Sam McPheeters; the San Francisco Bay Guardian and the audio zine Long Ago and Right Now. He contributed an essay to the City Lights anthology San Francisco: The Political Edge and the AK Press anthology Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority. He has also performed several commentaries on NPR's This American Life.
Iggy Scam is also a drummer. In the 1990's he played with the band The Hidden Resentment. In the 2000's he began playing with Onion Flavored Rings, who released the CD Two Minutes Enlightenment in 2005.
As an actor, he appears in Greta Snider's celebrated film Portland, a tale of three zinesters travelling from San Francisco to Portland who encounter all kinds of unexpected adventures.