Cacophony on Demand: Making Your Own Alternative Culture

Cacophony on Demand: Making Your Own Alternative Culture

The Cacophony Society had a direct hand in the genesis of much that we know of as alternative culture. Written and edited by Cacophonists Carrie Galbraith, Kevin Evans, and John Law, the book Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society is the missing link of alternative culture, the prankster bridge between the cut-and-paste Kinkos anarchy of the 80s and the instantaneous flash mob, social media cultural assaults on tedium and conformity of the new millennium.

David Pescovitz of Boing Boing hosts this Q&A with artist, culture jammer, and cofounder of the Cacophony Society and the Burning Man festival John Law and his coauthor and fellow Cacophony Society cofounder, art educator Carrie Galbraith at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013.

+Read more about John Law in our MAKE interview.

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