by Adam Gnade
In Ringside, Adam Gnade continues the work he began with his debut Pioneers Press release, The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad. As a companion text to the original work, Gnade's new release ...
24 pages, cardstock covers ePub or PDF available ISBN: 978-1-939899-02-6
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Featured Titles for August!
Zinester Trading Cards! Full color trading cards of zinesters from all over the US and Canada, all the names you know and love! Buy them, trade them, collect them! This is the first series, 32 cards. There will be more to come! This item listing is for a pack of randomly assorted cards. You will get 9 full color cards, plus one sticker of another card. Can't decide who you want? Let fate decide! Cards are printed on glossy cardstock paper, measuring 2.75" X 4.25". Front of the card shows the person or place, back of the card tells stats and contact information. Collect them all!
NOW UPDATED FOR SUMMER 2015! This huge box of books, records, and zines contains so many things!
This pack gets you the top-ten bestellers from our catalog for the month of July. Check in at the end of July for August's pack!
Since 2002, Stolen Sharpie Revolution: a DIY Resource for Zines and Zine Culture has been the go-to guide for all things zine-related. This little red book is stuffed with information about zines. Things you may know, stuff you don't know and even stuff you didn’t know you didn’t know! Stolen Sharpie Revolution contains a cornucopia of information about zines and zine culture for everyone from the zine newbie to the experienced zinester to the academic researcher.
Welcome To Your New Life With You Being Happy is about love and sex, personal history and basketball. In these pages we see Chicago-based writer Rachel Bell navigate a world that is equal parts hilarious and awful, sweet and rowdy-as-fuck. Ranging from beat-your-brains-in-with-some-big-heavy-car-part-powerful to tender-as-the-tenderest-chunk-of-uh-like-something-really-tender, these poems and prose poems are damn well written and incredibly relatable. Don't slack. Get your copy today or cry sad rivers tomorrow.
In his new book, How To Lose Friends and Irritate People, Justin Pearson reveals his misadventures with two DJ duos borrowing him as a frontman, lending some “punk” street cred to their music. Known for being part of bands like The Locust, All Leather, and Retox, as well as the owner of Three One G Records, Justin has paved the way for bizarre, abrasive and political music, while pushing the envelope of what is expected or what can be done in a band. The Bloody Beetroots and Designer Drugs approached him to sing on their albums, and what came out of those two experiences is both pathetic and hilarious. From being forced to lip sync at Australian festivals in front of thousands, to being lost in the woods somewhere in Pennsylvania at a music video shoot gone wrong, Justin questions not only the DJ’s motives, but his own as well. Embracing actual musical instrumentation instead of laptop playlists, Justin trudges through the murky waters of musical capitalism.
Justin Pearson reveals his misadventures with two DJ duos borrowing him as a frontman, lending some “punk” street cred to their music. Known for being part of bands like The Locust, All Leather, and Retox, as well as the owner of Three One G Records, Justin has paved the way for bizarre, abrasive and political music, while pushing the envelope of what is expected or what can be done in a band. The Bloody Beetroots and Designer Drugs approached him to sing on their albums, and what came out of those two experiences is both pathetic and hilarious. From being forced to lip sync at Australian festivals in front of thousands, to being lost in the woods somewhere in Pennsylvania at a music video shoot gone wrong, Justin questions not only the DJ’s motives, but his own as well. Embracing actual musical instrumentation instead of laptop playlists, Justin trudges through the murky waters of musical capitalism.
Compiled by Jessie Duke, I Don't Know How to Help You is a compilation of writing exploring the dificulties in supporting loved ones with depression, and not knowing how to ask for help when you are the one suffering. This is a resource of assistance and compassion, of true ache and optimism in the face of crushing blues.
Sarah B.'s debut zine, Every Day Failures, is a powerhouse of devastating storytelling, hilarious relatability, and uncomfortable truth. Says Sarah in the zine's opening, "A few months ago my longtime boyfriend, Matt, got a straight job in the city and started acting weird." What follows is newly single parent Sarah and her two toddler daughters leaving the punk-house the girls were raised in and taking refuge at Sarah's aunt's miniMcMansion in the suburbs while the aunt's out of town. Pushed by crippling poverty and growing depression, Sarah finds a new kind of isolation surrounded by upper-middleclass wealth and distrustful neighbors as she tries to get by without being able to work while still keep true to her punk parenting ethics. (And what's more isolating? Being a parent in the punk community or being a punk in the suburbs? Also what happens when you feel out of step with society but aren't finding what you need in radical spaces?)
Compiled by Jonas (of Fixer Eraser zine and formerly of Cheer the Eff Up) SRVIV (read: "survive") is a collection of pieces on self-care, fixing yourself, survival, finding comfort, facing your past and your demons (and your past demons) and various forms/modes/ways of coping. The theme is "what gets you out of bed in the morning," the contributions ranging from totally heartbreaking to about as life-affirmingly inspiring as it gets. At 68 pages this zine will give you a lot to dig through and you'll feel better for it at the end of the day.
This pack comes with the full collection (to date) of Adam Gnade's Big Motherfuckin' Sad series. These include The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad book, its companion piece Ringside, and the third installment, Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty. The pack also comes with a "Fight the Big Motherfuckin' Sad" button!Also available as an ebook bundle!
A DIY instruction manual with a few personal stories mixed in, Mat’s documented adventures are underlined with a sentiment and honesty that promote an inner optimism. In Resist 47 he explores his love for many things, all the while reminding the reader to find heart in simplicity:“Sometimes it’s impossible to hear the song of a bird through the commotion of noise in our own head. I want to bring some of that slowness home with me. To enjoy a good hot cup of coffee in the morning, not rush through half a dozen cups of tepid mediocrity just to keep my eyes open.”
This issue of the zine looks at love and failure, of dreams crashed and cars wrapped around trees. Spanning the course of a few years, the stories in this issue are a beautifully-written hard read, a tangled-up, thorny walk through contemporary back-to-the-land life. We see the characters looking for a better, smarter life out in the country but having a rough go of it. Things fall apart, change comes swinging, but amongst all the devastating moments, there is hope and fighting spirit and a desire to rise. Life isn't always easy but that doesn't mean it's not worth fighting for ...
Big Diamond is 4 year old Liam Ira Christian's photo zine! He takes the photos, does the cut 'n' gluestick layouts, and writes (well, dictates) the hilarious, weird, brilliant, amazing captions.
Ocean Capewell's 2014 novel, The Most Beautiful Rot, is the story of four queer friends living in a punkhouse and the ways their lives intersect, crash together, and pull apart. Half devastating piece of modern American life, half rally cry to find a better way to live and build your own family, Capewell's beautifully-written book is equal parts painful and inspiring. If (as it's said) On The Road sent a million teenagers out onto the highways of America, this book could have the power to send lots of young people out in search of their own alternate families. Much recomended.
rand new issue! Out now! "The Country Grind Quarterly is a smokin' new magazine for the epically badass rural punks, back to the land skids, backwoods anarchists, etc! It's specifically for those folks who have ran away from the cities in search of a simpler, saner, and more fulfilling life. All content is written by fellow rural punks and is intended for a rural punk audience. Whether you live in a small town, deep in the bush, on a farm in the prairies, or tucked away in the mountains. Whether you're on grid or off. A vegan gardener or a hunter/trapper. You're a lone wolf or you've got a spouse and kids. As long as you're a punk and you don't live in a city, this magazine is for you." -from the magazine's website
Book and Zines Published by Pioneers Press!
Julia Eff's 68 page book Every Thug is a Lady begins with a co-opting of a Jay-Z quote: "I've got 99 problems but a gender ain't one." Julia's book deals with the concept of "neutrois," in which an individual has no gender and does not identify as either male or female. Says Julia, "Many have gender dysphoria very much like that of trans people. It is often denoted with the 'null' symbol meaning 'empty set.'" This look into the realm of non-gender is heavy illustrated, good-hearted, and dashed with a strong, youthful sense of humor. This is Julia's look at life as one free of gender (though still coming to terms with it; Julia's in the trenches, knockin' around while the bullets fly). Julia writes, "I see my gender in the way people say things--it's not a tangible object or even a thing that can be described with a giant dictionary." This spirited, adventurous, gothy little book is something special. Don't miss out.
Pioneers Press is proud to announce our next published title, Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying, a pocket-size book collection of Trace Ramsey's excellent Quitter zine. What do you do when you realize the whole system is chock full of faulty wiring and institutionalized myths? Do you stay behind that desk (whether metaphorical or literal) and burrow into the security of "living in the first world" or do you throw yourself into the wilds? Sometimes it's not so black and white, and sometimes "cutting ties" requires a privilege and skill-set we don't have. In this anthology of Quitter issues 1-6, we see Ramsey battling fear and freedom, history and an uncertain future. There are no hard and fast answers; nothing set in stone besides the guarantee of chaos and troubled waters ahead. Over the course of 64 pages, Trace struggles through life, winning and failing, looking for a better path but not always finding it. A deeply honest narrative on struggling to break the binds that hold us down, Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying is a devastating, thrilling read; a beautifully written examination of the frustrations and pitfalls of life in the current age.
HOT OFF THE PRESSES! Two hundred and eighty pages on traveling by bike across the country and all the dumpster-diving, illegal rooftop-sleeping, pool-hopping, train-hopping, squatting, big skies, funny danger, dangerous fun, etc, that goes along with it. You will fall in love with Matt Gauck and want to live this book. You’ll want to step right into it and bike the lesser-known highways, dusty country roads, and secret lanes forever. A great collection of high adventure that doubles as a DIY bike-touring how-to manual, this is On The Road for the peak oil age.
In what began as a letter to the eponymous friend, Dear Shane: A Mental Health Resource about Staying Alive offers an absorbing account of the author's suicide attempts and subsequent hospitalization, providing pragmatic hope and a much-needed resource for mental health from the margins. Author Craig Kelly navigates depression and the psychiatric system as he writes about a litany of medications, gender identity, inpatient treatment, and temporary friendships made in the hospital. Dear Shane dispenses a vision of radical mental health to edify readers so that they may better support themselves and others.
NOW A POCKET-SIZED BOOK! This book is Gnade's self-described "anti-depression guide/guide to a freer, more lawless life." Gnade's pamphlet looks at the root causes of sadness, anxiety, and general malaise/boredom and offers helpful point-by-point suggestions (in list form) and short essay pep-talks on how to move beyond your demons for a better, smarter, happier life. Like a letter from a trusted friend in the trenches, The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad will work with you through all phases of your life, thick and thin.
Adam Gnade's second novel, Caveworld, is a howl of desperation as its characters fight to find love and meaning in a society with which they feel out of step. Richly encyclopedic and set in the twin border towns of Tijuana and San Diego, the book tells two love stories separated by a gulf of twenty years. Caveworld is made up of the various events (both subtle and seismic) that change lives in an instant.
Nearly year-round, the wild edible mushroom circuit is at work. Under the nose of authorities, migrant pickers in the Western U.S. supply wild edibles for some of the fanciest restaurants in the country. In Under the Radar, Olivier Matthon takes readers on a firsthand account of northern Californian seasonal work communities in the wild mushroom trade. This ethnography takes place in small-town motels, private logging property, and a marijuana growing operation. Matthon highlights the struggle and need for community among migrant pickers, crafting a thoughtful and well-researched story about clandestine mushroom trade in Under the Radar.
little-known facet of the town of Willits, California, is its community
of wild mushroom pickers. Every year a few migrants arrive to
overwinter and a few local people join in as well. This book gives a
rare glimpse into the work and lives of these pickers…" —David Arora,
author of Mushrooms Demystified and All That The Rain Promises and More...
"Olivier is a sport. He appeared at our 'mushroom' palace at what is always the most difficult time of the year and gently fit himself into the remaining mushroom tribe at the roughest end of the picking season. He writes with kind wonder about a world few see." —Connie Green, author of The Wild Table
In The News
Read an interview with Pioneers Press founder Jessie Duke!
Elise from the kick-ass Grasstronaut arts website interviewed Jessie about her life and work. Really great interview with lots of pictures. Go here.
1) Do It Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad by Adam Gnade
2) Bluets by Maggie Nelson
3) Women by Chloe Caldwell
4) Fast Machine by Elizabeth Ellen
5) Excavation by Wendy C. Ortiz
6) Praying Drunk by Kyle Minor
7) Even Though I Don’t Miss You by Chelsea Martin
8) Pity the Animal by Chelsea Hodson
9) Sorrow Arrow by Emily Kendal Frey
10) Dream Journals by Melody Owen
We're on the cover of the Pitch!
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Pioneers Press has been awarded a RocketGrant!
We are very excited to announce that Pioneers Press has been awarded a RocketGrant to fund our traveling zine gallery and shop! The RocketGrant program is a collaboration between the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO and the KU Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS. (!!!) Huge, huge thanks to the selection panel and to Wonder Fair Gallery in Lawrence for their encouragement. Stay tuned for more information about the Hard Fifty Farm Zine Mobile! http://rocketgrants.org/
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