Steven T. Jones discusses The Tribes of Burning Man 5-13-11 at Revolution Books

Steven posted a musing on his upcoming talk at our store, Is Burning Man a Revolutionary Camp on his blog.

On Friday May 13 at 7 pm Steven T. Jones will appear at Revolution Books to discuss his book: The Tribes of Burning Man, a special and intimate view of the most popular, unique, and enduring countercultural event of recent times. Each year, for a week at the end of summer, artists and others celebrating a more egalitarian ethos, build and populate a temporary city in the Nevada desert, centered around a giant wooden effigy called “The Man”. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world have made the dusty pilgrimage to Black Rock City to take part in this experiment in participatory art, gift culture, and celebration—and many say their lives were fundamentally changed by the experience. Through Steven, we are introduced to the people, and the vision, that have shaped this event.

This current look at the expansion of the lifestyle reveals how in recent years Burning Man has taken on a new character, with the frontier becoming a real city and the many tribes of the event—the fire artists, circus freaks, music lovers, do-gooders, grungy builders, and myriad other burner collectives developing a perennial presence in sister cities all over the world. Chronicling Burning Man’s renaissance years from 2004 to the present, this epic journey features some of the culture’s most inspiring and colorful leaders and is a search for meaning in the most unexpected places.

Discover within the pages of The Tribes of Burning Man assorted artist groups that work from the artist workshops American Steel, The Shipyard, The Box Shop, CELLspace, NIMBY Warehouse, and other Bay Area work spaces and art collectives, as well as interviews with internationally acclaimed DJs Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, Carl Cox, Lee Coombs, Dylan Rhymes, DJ Dan, Christopher Lawrence, Scumfrog, Syd Gris, and more. Plus a candid, six-year running conversation with Burning Man founder Larry Harvey.