From The Suicide Club to Cacophony Society to Burning Man to You: You May Already Be A Member!
Length 1:34:32 Date: June 22, 2013
This show is dedicated to two amazing and very different individuals who are now no longer among the living. First, my dear Uncle Pip who just died at the age of 100. Born in 1913, Herman Block, aka Uncle Pip, experienced a full century of life. And a full life it was—athletic (a trophy-winning tennis champ and a great dancer), romantic, funny, loving and full of pep—that’s why we called him Pip. I love you, Uncle Pip, wherever you are! I wish I had visited you more, especially towards the end. Mazel Tov on making it to The Winner’s Circle of 100. My condolences to all who miss you now, your children, my cousins Elliot, Jeffrey and Diane, your many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Special gratitude goes to my saintly cousin Diane, who took care of him daily, virtually giving up her own life so that Uncle Pip could live 100 years, and never in a rest home. Good job Diane! Now, finally, you can take time for yourself—maybe you’ll even go to Burning Man!
This brings me to the other amazing individual to whom this show is dedicated, Gary Warne. He never actually went to Burning Man, as he suffered a fatal heart attack at the young age of 35, way back in 1983, his ashes dropped from the top of the Golden Gate Bridge where he had so often climbed with a secret group of San Francisco urban daredevils and iconoclasts called the Suicide Club. I’m proud to have been a fringe member of this mysterious underground association, climbing up to the top of the Bay Bridge and the gleaming Golden Gate, facing my fear of death 746 feet above a roiling San Francisco Bay on one side, tempestuous Pacific on the other, cars tinier than toys rolling across the suspension down the middle. Despite the name “Suicide Club,” we didn’t climb bridges to jump off, but just for the thrill of it, to face death with a zany yet serious zest for life. On top of that, the view from the summit at dawn was unbeatable.
So what does all this have to do with Burning Man? There are no bridges in Black Rock City, at least not real ones. But the Suicide Club begat the Cacophony Society which begat a huge counterculture event which begat a new culture.
On this show, we delve into the history and philosophy of the first Burning Man, and some never-before-spilled secrets of the Suicide Club, with two of the three co-authors of a breathtaking, beautifully illustrated, huge new book about the anarchistic artistic alliance that linked the two groups: Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society. Not only is it an excellent overview of the highly influential Cacophony Society (which, unlike its parent Suicide Club, courted publicity and took lots of awesome pictures), it’s also a “template for pranksters, artists, adventurers, and anyone interested in rampant creativity.” In fact, it’s got all the tools, ideas, lessons learned and inspiration you need to start your own chapter of, or at least get involved in, the Cacophony Society. In fact, as the saying goes, “you may already be a member.”
John Law: Co-author of Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society, one of the founders of Burning Man, active Cacophonist and early Suicide Clubber, John was my guide on my first climb up the Golden Gate Bridge. A good Midwestern Catholic altar boy turned Left Coast explorer, John has always searched for something more authentic than the pasteurized pablum of “normal” life, challenging himself and others to push the limits of creativity, adventure and endurance. It’s a personal pleasure to host John on DrSuzy.tv one more time (his first time was back in 2000 with my brother Steve, a fellow bridge-climber) as he regales us with tales of riding the cable car naked, creating the “Santacon” phenomenon, crashing corporate events with clowns, improving billboards with the Billboard Liberation Front and inspiring artists like comedienne/performance artist Margaret Cho, novelist Chuck Palahniuk’s “Project Mayhem” in Fight Club and LA’s Reverend Al, And while they may have hold formal dinners in abandoned buildings, “Leave No Trace” has always been the motto. “If you can’t get into a building without breaking any doors or windows, then the building wins,” says John. It’s especially gratifying to see my old bridge-climbing buddy inspiring so many young people in the Womb Room not just to think outside the box, but to do stuff outside the pre-fabricated norm. Of course, no show on the Cacophony Society would be complete without a profoundly Cacophonous moment of shock, embarrassment, hilarity and noxious odors. This happens early on, when I introduce John to my snake Eve, and she slithers right into his strong, warm arms—then poops all over his suit jacket, shirt, pants and shoes! And that the tale of how Snake Eve pranked the Master Prankster, not to mention put the caca back in Cacophony.
Carrie Galbraith: A Fulbright scholar, artist, conceptualist and co-author of Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society (published by Last Gasp founded by an old friend of Max’s and mine, Ron Turner), Carrie realized she was “already a member” in 1986 when she picked up a “Rough Draft” Cacophony Society newsletter, and soon thereafter became one of its primary editors. She also came up with the “Zone Trips” concept, and Zone Trip #4 turned into the first Burning Man. Though she politely turns down my offer to ride the Sybian, she seems to enjoy her Zone Trip to Bonoboville.
Amber Chase: In from Washington, this is Amber’s second appearance on DrSuzy.tv (her first was Spanking Porn Chicks, Boho Dancers back in 2010), and she’s so impressed with the new works in the sprawling Speakeasy Erotic Art Gallery, she’s going to send us some of her own erotic artwork to show. An avid cosplayer, Amber voices her appreciation for the rebellious creativity and roleplaying antics of our co-authors and their cohorts. After baring her lovely naturals to partake in Bonoboville Communion (thanks Lisa and Jello Shots LA!), Amber volunteers to mount the Sybian for a screaming—and quite Cacophonous—climax to the show.
Patrick J. Knight: On his virgin visit to DrSuzy.tv, Amber’s dashing fiancé is so inspired by his bride-to-be’s sensational Sybian climax, he has to have one of his own all over her chest! But first, they have passionate pre-marital sex on a couch in the after-party. Clip coming soon!
Michael Vegas: One of our favorite Eroses (from the orgiastic Eros Day XII), Mr. Vegas is now an avid Burner, reporting that he may have been “slightly altered” last summer on the playa where he and his girl strode through the sand with his hipster parents, who have been Burning in Black Rock for over 10 years. In the after-party, Michael performs a dazzling, neon-glowing Poi show that brings a little bit of Burning Man into the Speakeasy.
Mischa Brooks: On her virgin appearance on DrSuzy.tv, this sultry brunette adult star declares her love for Burning Man (she already has her tickets for this summer’s pilgrimage to the playa), and does her own graceful Poi show in the after-party.
Odette Delacroix: A DrSuzy.tv favorite, clever Odette is dressed up as nurse—just in case anybody falls off a bridge and needs medical attention—though she soon strips it off for Bonoboville Communion. This sweet petite Loyola Marymount grad loves wild sex and usually steals the show, but this time, she graciously gives way to our out-of-town guests—teasing us into wanting more of her next time!
Tiffany Star: A DrSuzy.tv award winner and the most-downloaded transsexual in the Vatican, Tiffany wants to go to Burning Man, mainly because a lot of people she knows tell her not to go. For Bonoboville Communion, she reveals her newly-enlarged breasts. “How much does a set like that cost?” Max inquires. “Nothing!” replies Tiffany, “they were free!” Obviously not all of Tiffany’s fans are in the Holy See; some are plastic surgeons.
WEAPONS OF MASS DISCUSSION
RIP Uncle Pip at 100 Years Old, Gary Warne, The Suicide Club, Climbing the Golden Gate Bridge, Climbing the Bay Bridge, Fear Can Be An Aphrodisiac, Urban Environments Are Actually Giant Jungle Gyms, How The Suicide Club Died & Came Back to Life as The Cacophony Society, You May Already Be A Member, Zone Trip #4: Burning Man, Temporary Autonomous Zones, Drawing a Line in the Sand to Enter the Burning Man Zone, Santacon & Santarchy, The Billboard Liberation Front, Zombie Chic, The Bolt-Action Rifle Club, Fight Club, Drinking the Communion Wine, Trusting the Priest, Adding Water to the Communion Wine So No One Finds Out You Were Drinking It, How Much a Set of Breasts Costs, Being vs. Remaining Catholic, Mormons Can’t Do Porn, The Most-Downloaded Transsexual in the Vatican, Anarchy, Make Love Not Porn, The Bonobo Way
Snake Play, Snake Poop, Putting the Caca Back in Cacophony, Striptease, Bonoboville Communion by Jello Shots LA, Rubber Chicken Spanking, Cacophonously Climaxing on the Sybian, Hot Nurse Costume, Brand New Breasts, 69, Pornstar Experience, Male Ejaculation, Erotic Art, Spanking on the Piano, Rickshaw Rides, Poi Performance Art, Kaddish for Uncle Pip