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  1. says:

    i feel smugly happy in saying that i have many of the original zines i wonder if they re worth anything ah, cometbusfor a brief period of time, reading those wonderful scrabblings made my college self feel as if i had someone else i could actually talk to hadn t felt that way since reading john waters Shock Value in high school but then i moved to san francisco and i was surrounded by people i could actually talk to too many, in fact.still, despite the many years that have passed, i ll always love you, aaron cometbus for a few years there, you were my secret best friend you were the first person i knew who convinced me that being punk rock didn t necessarily mean being an annoying, pretentious asshole who hung out at the campus radio station, judging the records i played it could mean so much , a whole new way of looking at life long live cometbus.as far as my review goes, it is almost silly to even try and write an actual review reading these zines is like looking into someone s mind a mind that is humble, kind, thoughtful and occasionally, critical i can t review that kind of mind, i can only hope to aspire to it.well anyway, this is a collection of the various writings of aaron cometbus, a drummer for various bay area punk bands his writing is unpretentious, melancholy, funny, insightful the various zines are also a portrait of a particular kind of life and a particular way of looking at life, especially life on the road and life on the cheap re reading these zines makes me happy and sad in equal measures time passes so fast


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    Huh So I originally reviewed two different issues of Cometbus, but it looks like they somehow got merged into one review I m adding headings below to make this less confusingHere s my review of 54 In China with Green Day Aaron has been friends with Green Day for most of his life, so he s able to use them as a common thread tying together the different eras of his past There s also great travel writing in here, and the kind of priceless anecdotes you d expect from a trip like this I actually still have about 10 pages left to read, but I m ready to call it 5 stars And then here s 51 Loneliness of the Electric Menorah An origins story of sorts about Berkeley s Telegraph Avenue, and the many booksellers that helped shape it This was a great read funny especially the chapters about the owner of Rasputin , well researched, and told with a lot of heart.


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    Note on 2 14 13 Discovered Goodreads stupidly merged a bunch of issues of Cometbus into one entry Dumped my reviews for respective issues into one, as well I ll try to clean it up later, I guess.Probably a strange first issue of Cometbus for one to read, but after being aware of the zine for a few years now, this is what I started with And, really, it s great Aaron delves into the tension between his own anti corporate personal ethics and the old friendships he has with the Green Day dudes who now happen to be international superstars The writing takes the form of personal travelogue while on tour with the band The setting of various locales in Asia but despite the title, not China make this all the interesting There s so much here to think about Western pop culture being foisted upon the world, the sustainability of punk, the ethics of personal loyalty and or versus idealism, etc Well worth reading.Merged review Good issue of Cometbus, but not not great A rushed first person you think it s perzine fair at first, but then realize it s fiction on a St Louis circle of punks with dreams of punk house utopia, but realities of lost collective members and ideal defying drama Part of what makes this resonate less with me than other issues of Cometbus is the pace Like I said already, it s rushed More so, however, is the assumption of shared ideals The narrator pretty much Aaron himself assumes that the reader buys in to the whole punk utopian ideal which I don t, at least not to the extent hoped for here communal life, consensus, etc I m jaded When it all hits the fan and the narrator gets spiteful, it s hard to empathize Plus, I take issue with implications herein that things like marriage, a career and children constitute selling out.


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    I love it already This feels like Aaron s most honest book yet Not that he isn t honest I don t even know him, but I ve never seen so much self examination and humility in his writing He just gets better and better After a career of writing travelogues, this is a travelogue like no other Cometbus Aaron really comes clean about his famous friends, his not so famous friends, and how relationships change in the wake of fame I can t wait for someone to make a movie of Aaron s life.Merged review Not as good as 52, but I am glad Aaron is talking about punk, and how many young and old lives have been touched by it Some serious death and mourning in this one Lots of heartbreak over lost loved ones Sadder than your average cometbus But that s okay.Merged review This is an amazing one of a kind history of East Bay book stores, particularly Moe s Books and Cody s Books Aaron painstakingly interviews the various bibliophiles, proprietors, tyrants, and those who were there when Moe built his used books business, which survives to this day Fascinating revelations of long lost radical Berkeley history, and also why communal Jewish business and hiring practices last for longer than uptight sterile protestant ways.


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    All biography is about the biographer s frame of mind as much as the subject I m glad Aaron Cometbus never pretends otherwise This is his own version of a Green Day biography, told unashamedly through his own totally biased 20 year long experience as sometimes roadie, sometimes friend, sometimes critic It s part exotic travel journal, but the larger part is an inspection of the widely different paths people from the same backgrounds can take Oh and yes, he does go on tour with Green Day in China I d hope that anyone who is still in the punk scene at 40, or 30, or 22, would be willing to take such a critical look at the successes and failures of not just their idols scapegoats but themselves Apparently Aaron wrote a while back that he d quit his position as Green Day apologist, a thankless position and hopeless as well I think he may have quit his position as a punk rock apologist too.


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    It felt ridiculous to read the latest issue of Cometbus on a plane While Aaron was re counting bicycle and greyhound bus rides, I was hurtling through the air with simultaneous fatigue, boredom, stiffness, nervousness, and anticipation Aaron wrote of satisfying walks and strong winds, while I endured recycled air, making my face feel both dry and greasy Okay, I m not really complaining about air travel to Houston I would not have made it by land But I felt a little ridiculous reading it nonetheless but not as ridiculous as the author of the cover story of the latest Newsweek must feel I spotted it on the empty seat across the aisle, next to a fellow traveler It was titled, America s Back The Remarkable Tale of Our Economic Turnaround This traveling fellow was most noteworthy for his 30 second attention span, rotating between bouts of seemingly engrossed reading between a seemingly endless supply of varied literature New York Times, aforementioned Newsweek, dramatic covered novel, Sky Mall by Delta Airlines, vegetarian cookbookall interrupted by equally seemingly engrossed moments of shut eye.Me I was reading Cometbus Like Aaron, hopped up on coffee Aaron was getting free rides from touring bands I was getting a free ride from the government The new Secretary of Labor appointed by Obama is shoring up the Department of Labor and the public s image of it I was on my way to join other labor activists to talk to the Department about workplace health and safety The tales spun by Aaron and the other featured contributors recounted varying forms of bad health and unsafety heartbreaks, parental loss, failed plans, drug addiction Another theme is an always palpable, and on occasion, explicit, tension between youth and age Maddelena writes I do not want to be young I want to be old and die with hollow bones Aaron writes Sitting in the shadows of the park, somewhere between old and young, filled with longing, pumped up on the promises and anger of punk but not sure where to put them, or even if they fit me any Aaron writes in the introduction of his surprise at the return of the word punk to his zine There s an awesome interview with John Holmstrom, the founder of Punk magazine And Aaron writes a hilarious review and appraisal of the NYC punk scene, based on a single show he attended and his pedestrian wanderings on a visit to the city a slew of mostly local bands playing their hearts out with little chance of being immortalized on even a flimsy piece of fabric Which is fine, for who really needs another Suck My Ass or Ugly Shithead shirt Remember folks, not everyone can eye our expletives and recognize a band name He also makes the poignant observation that punk may be for the better returning to its eclectic roots At the show, he observes, an odd couple rolled up outside One was swami like in long, flowing robes, the other shirtless on rollerblades, looking like a crazy pigeon feeder from the park No one in the room looked twice, as if to say, If a swami and a pigeon feeding guy aren t punk, then who the hell is It reminds me of We Got the Neutron Bomb see my review , in which the early L.A punk scene is described as the miscellaneous category of weirdos who didn t fit in, having no dominant sound or style yet.My reading was interrupted by a little girl who joyously shouted out, Open a window Ready, go No takers The man next to me finally found his groove he settled on the dramatic covered novel I really enjoyed the pieces by the guest contributors Like a classic zine, indeed a classic Cometbus, but they added another dimension of emotion and experience I love Maddelena Polletta s story of riding a Greyhound through a blizzard with a screaming baby The bus driver pulls the bus to the side of the road Lady, he snarls, if you do not stop your child crying I am putting you out of the bus by the side of the road right now The mother responds in a somewhat stunned voice, He is only two years old, you can t stop a two year old from crying Aaron, then joined by other riders, chime in to say that it isn t bothering them, until, after the bus driver resumes driving, From the back of the bus a clear voice rises and says, How you gonna put a woman and a baby out onna highway inna blizzard at night It reminds me of an article by Darryl Lorenzo Wellington that I recently read in Dissent magazine To speak of a poetic collective force other than the espirit de corps today seems mystical, but I confess that I have felt the spirit of the group in fairly commonplace circumstances, a blurring of the importance or relevance of individual identity, while traveling Greyhound Maddelena has another powerful piece in which an emotional bond develops from long range correspondence between 2 strangers struggling with drug addiction and the loss of loved ones.Well, what ya know It turns out that reading this zine has compelled me to write down some things Like the way you know a great band by the compulsion it gives you to start a band, you know great writing when it compels you to put on paper your own.


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    edit this review refers to the loneliness of the electric menorah, but somehow got attached to the wrong title.I enjoyed this so much It reminds me of music journalism a cast of people reflecting on the arc of an amazing heydey Except it s retail journalism That sounds like a mean description, but it s not intended to be this is a really good book, especially if you ve ever spent time on that part of telegraph I m not sure if readers would find it terribly interesting if they ve never been there I dunno, maybe they would But for those who have, they know that these stores were much than just businesses Their collections were curated with love I went to Telegraph every weekend when I was a kid, and before I had much freedom, a big part of developing my own taste came from browsing the vast stacks at Moe s and Amoeba.Also, the sections on Ken Sarachan are effing hilariouschokengtitik

    titikchokengs If you re in Berkeley and want to go book shopping, my hands down favorite bookstore these days is Black Oak Books, which gets a good chunk of time in Electric Menorah or at least the old version did I m not sure who runs Black Oak now Now that they ve on San Pablo, their collection seems way appealing and diverse.


  8. says:

    The title mostly says it all An inspirational, epic nostalgia trip that takes the reader along through Thailand, South Korea, China, and Japan as Cometbus dissects the past 20 years of his involvement with Green Day He makes a point to present the band as he knows them as people, as opposed to their famous caricatures Given his extensive albeit rocky history with the personalities behind the music, it makes for an interesting read The aspect of it that astonished me than his descriptions of the lavish scenery was how seemingly random encounters during early tours resulted in such lasting associations, friendships, and at least in one instance, marriage Any critique of the band is leveled out by Cometbus critique of himself I remain in awe of his writing and coffee intake, and his ability to present both as being incredibly vital.


  9. says:

    I really like Cometbus and don t particularly like Green Day, but this was a good read A nice travelogue of a huge rockband s Asian tour with some serious self reflection and harsh examination of what happens when friends follow radically different paths The price of fame vs The pitfalls of being the one who sticks to your principles yet gets left behind It s comforting that at the end of the day, even if your friends are mega stars, you can still sit down and play a rousing game of scrabble Merged review I m a fan of Cometbus in general, but I have to admit I picked this one up simply for the Nate Powell cover Some decent stories inside, if not a little on the downer side.


  10. says:

    Disclaimer While I am a longtime fan of bands the author has been associated with, I am not a regular reader of Cometbus This was pitched to me as being possibly the most superior treatment of the Green Day story While it does indeed touch on very different periods of their career, it also dawdles along with Aaron Cometbus and his pseudo insights that don t always seem to tie in to the larger story Dwelling on the changes he may or may not have gone through during Green Day s rise to fame could have been captivating, but wasn t for me.


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  • Paperback
  • 72 pages
  • Cometbus
  • Aaron Cometbus
  • 06 February 2018
  • 9781899866151

About the Author: Aaron Cometbus

Aaron Elliott, better known as Aaron Cometbus, is a drummer, lyricist, self described punk anthropologist and author of Cometbus, a seminal punk rock zine.