It's kind of like watching the Olympics nowadays: before they show the ski jump or whatever, they need to tell you that their mother used to drive them to practice at 3 in the morning, and that they broke their leg last year and because of that this jump right here is really crucial, and suddenly you care when you didn't before when you were just watching a sporting event.

Right. it's called mind control.

Having written these books, do you feel like you were personally manipulated by music and its culture? Are these books written to address concerns of why this was so important to you, why it continues to be important to you?

Oh yeah, that's what the books are about. The new book is addressing potential group members- and I'm not really talking about the great appeal of the group, because everybody knows that, it's been bashed into your head by cultural programming. So if this is a cult, this is a pre-deprogramming guide.  There's a lot of hurt feelings in rock and roll, because people really never recover from a group. It's like drug addiction, you can be saddled with it forever.

IAN SVENONIUS speaks at  Brookline Booksmith January 26 @ 7 pm.

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