The abduction of Jambo Man

This last weekend, while I was enjoying myself in Milwaukee, folks here in Ypsi had themselves a big shindig under the moonlight on the banks of the Huron River. This now annual event, as you might recall, got off to a wobbly start a few years back, when it attempted to get off the ground as the Ypsitucky Jamboree, but, from what I’ve heard, things went well this time out at the newly rechristened Michigan Roots Jamboree. No one was crushed to death. No hippies overdosed in their tents. The parks are still intact. And the music, from what I hear, was sufficiently pleasant. But, as is always the case in Ypsi, there was some drama. And I’ve spent my last few evenings trying to figure out what exactly happened, piecing together menacing notes left here on the site, threads on Facebook, and the like.

As best I can figure, it started when someone with the Jamboree decided to pull the plug on a shadow puppet performance. This, as far as I can tell, isn’t disputed by either side. One of the folks with the Jamboree put it to me this way, “A scheduling error was made, which resulted in part of the puppet show being shut down by our security. We made a huge error, and then we handled it incorrectly.” Not having been there, I don’t know how “incorrectly” it was handled, but, however it was handled, it pissed some people off to the point that someone, or some group of people, decided to exact a bit of revenge.

It was apparently at this point that Jambo Man, the valuable mascot of the Jamboree, was abducted.

jambocapture2I, along with others, was forwarded this grainy image of Jambo, demanding that certain conditions be met. (The demands, we were told, would be forthcoming.) The implication was clear – unless these demands were met, the beloved Ypsilanti mascot would be ground up and smoked, or otherwise destroyed. The Diazotrophical Liberation Armada, the terrorist organization taking credit for the heinous act, didn’t, at least in their first messages, focus too much on the incidents surrounding the puppet show. For the most part, they just rambled on about roots, and how roots in and of themselves couldn’t sustain life – how an intricate web of organisms, including rhizomatic entities in the soil, are necessary for for life to flourish. The implication, of course, was that this so-called “roots” music event, had only captured one part of the Michigan scene.

Here, sounding very much like a statement made by the Symbionese Liberation Army after the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, is one of the first notes that I received:

Greetings of profound love to all our comrades. Early on Sunday August 8, 2010 combat elements of the Diazotrophical Liberation Armada served an arrest warrant for Jambo Man. He is safe and being treated well and is enthusiastic about all the local music, art and ideas that he is being exposed to for the first time.

And here are the demands, which came soon after. This list reflects revisions made by Jambo’s captors in the wake of a number of letters by members of the Depot Town CDC explaining the structure and intent of the Michigan Roots Jamboree:

1. Increased transparency with regard to the mission and purpose of the Michigan Roots Jamboree.

We consider this polite suggestion met! The specific action items we would like to see for next year are a formal mission and/or vision statement for the festival and a link to depottowncdc.org on the festival website more clearly explaining how the festival helps improve the parks.

2. Organize a free high quality meal and theater show on Frog Island for each and every feline in Ypsilanti.

[NOTE that the very serious puppetry artists behind Wayang Kucing don’t want any involvement with the Jamboree so alternate theater appropriate for cats will need to be arranged] To be honest, we would settle for a token donation to a local no-kill cat shelter or anything like that on this one.

3. $20 to reimburse the cost of one wasted ticket to the Saturday Michigan Roots Jamboree.

Since there seems to be a pattern of disrespect from certain members of the Jambo Committee for certain artistic idioms (i.e. the idiom of shadow puppetry theater for and about cats, the idiom of satirical pan-species liberation terrorist organization facebook pages), it may be difficult to believe, but one citizen of Ypsilanti literally spent $20 to get into Saturday Jamboree late Saturday night solely to see the puppet show that had been moved to midnight by the festival director only to be shut down gestapo-style by Jambo volunteers. We reimbursed this citizen with funds from our pacifist guerrilla contingency fund, and politely suggest that it would be appropriate in turn for the Jambo to reimburse us this expense.

4. Modify all relevant Michigan Roots Jamboree informational material to explicitly include credit for the role of nitrogen-fixing rhizomatic soil systems in the soil without which roots have no agency to carry nutrients into plants.

So obviously this is a metaphor, the point being that we are all interconnected and exclusively celebrating the “roots” misses the full picture. It would be nice if there was a little bit more representation of what makes Ypsilanti such a unique and magical place rather than a line-up that is highly difficult to differentiate from dozens of other festivals happening in Michigan every summer, especially when such a project entirely unique to Ypsilanti was invited to play, spent a large amount of time and energy making a special show specifically for the festival was treated with extreme disrespect by the festival organizers.

5. Seriously consider extending an invitation to Charlie Slick and Manhood to apply to be performers on the main stage for Jambo 2011 and hiring Stanley the Mad Hatter as emcee.

These local treasures have deep roots in assorted musical traditions in the case of Mr. Slick dating at least as far back as Bolshevik research by Leon Theremin into proximity sensors in turn inspiring the invention and evolution of synthesizers until this regular guy fell in love with them and was inspired to make music that everyone can enjoy. In the case of Manhood roots span deep and wide across many genres inspired by close readings of the catalogues of Ween, ELO, They Might Be Giants, The Roches, Steely Dan and many others, which combined with the intense passion of amateur ornithologists form a creatively original whole that is something completely different but ideally suited to the hippy festival environment. The Hatter is himself a root going directly through decades of such diverse local cultural traditions spanning everything from the White Panther Party to the original Detroit Techno scene. This polite suggestion is not meant to subvert the booking process or disrespect the line-up at this years festival but rather to very humbly suggest that making an effort to reach out beyond the defined borders of musical style and social category would positively impact the festival.

6. Add “James Osterberg Statue” to the potential project pool for parks improvements with an eye toward forming an Andy Ypsilanti Statue exploratory committee at some point in the future.

Speaking of roots music, there is one giant taproot of creative music worldwide of the past 50 years that goes straight down into the earth of Ypsilanti (as defined by the United States Postal Service) This cat soaked up the rich and diverse cultural tapestry of our immediate vicinity putting in time in blues bands, digging Sun Ra, breathing in the Ann Arbor circa 1960s air, etc. and then teamed up with three other dudes, named themselves the (Psychedelic) Stooges dropped some of the most game-changing next-level rock and roll music of all time. Iggy Pop statue would allow our little city to formally claim its rightful position as the fountain of punk rock.

And, yeah, it looks like they stole my idea for an Iggy Pop statue in the park. I don’t know about the rest of it, but that’s something that I can get behind, even if it puts me on the same side as the terrorists.

So, I’ve now done my part as “the most trusted source of Ypsilanti news and information” (which is what the terrorists keep referring to me as) – I’ve posted your demands. Now, can I be left out of this? I don’t like sitting between warring factions, especially when both the sides, as is the case here, are working hard to improve the City. I get that there are different visions as to how this is done, but, really, it seems like there’s enough room for us all to coexist…. Or, failing that, maybe we should get together over a map and carve the city up. If we do that, though, I’m going to fight for Riverside Park, and Puppet Mark is going for Frog Island. And we will win.

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34 Comments

  1. Posted August 15, 2010 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    You listen to me. While I will admit to a certain cynicism, the fact is that I am a naysayer and hatchet-man in the fight against violence and divisiveness. I pride myself in taking a punch and I’ll gladly take another because I choose to live my life in the company of Gandhi and King. My concerns are global. I reject absolutely: revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method… is love.

    I love you Michigan Roots Jamboree.

    I’m singing in the first person as a character who is fed up with cultural divisiveness. I ain’t never hurt no hippy festival mascot. I felt like it a lot of times. But I never did it. If you believe that I’m a pan-species terrorist organization under feline leadership , you believe David Bowie is an astronaut AND that Iggy is literally a streetwalkin cheetah with a heart full of napalm.

    Black Jake, you hit the nail on the head with reference to frustration being the motivation for these big showy over-the-top rants from the D.L.A. Just after midnight last Saturday, I tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe. I was not offended. I just knew I had to rise above it all or drown in my own shit.

    As far as accusations of all kinds of evil shit go, however, I believe that what was found to be so offensive was a call for transparency with regard to the non-profit purpose of the Jamboree. I made reference to the fact that the festival seemed to be congratulating itself a lot for funding community development projects and supporting local artists having not yet netted any such funds to date and having shown a few examples of treating like shit artists who contributed to the festival without any monetary compensation. The sentiment was that the festival should either back up those claims or change their stated purpose to expensive birthday party for the festival director. This was somewhat unclearly stated in a rude fashion, but was in the context of Jambo Man ransom demands by a coalition resistance direct action group under feline leadership (but representing all creatures regardless of species) insisting that the Michigan Roots Jamboree give some credit to the role of nitrogen-fixing rhizobacteria in the soil without which roots would unable to metabolize at all. This was posted “in public” for everyone to see 3 comments down on a post on the FB wall of the fictional mascot of the Jambo fest for a few hours on monday (until taken down upon insistence).

    This was deemed over the top and completely offensive and met with a witchhunt, a series of private personal attacks, cries of “start your own festival,” public attacks on several people and projects that I am casually associated with, public attacks on the idiom of puppetry in general, the executive director of the Depot Town Community Development Corporation publicly questioning the non-profit legitimacy of the Dreamland Theater (which is in no way involved), and extreme expressions of negativity about Ypsilanti in general.

    So I realize my path is a strange and difficult one, but really?

  2. Andy Ypsilanti
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Yes, really. Seriously though, I thought we had a talked about this and had it settled, or at least had taken it private. Why profess to love us but bring it back up?

    You keep suggesting that we at the Jamboree were upset by you questioning our non-profit motive. What you keep leaving out is, in that questioning, you called us liars and made slanderous statements. You stated that, not only did we lie about our non-profit motive to our patrons, but to our volunteers. You did not suggest we call it a birthday party, you stated it was a birthday party. You are in effect saying that I personally, directly, lied to over 150 people while recruiting them as volunteers. Did you expect that all to be left unchallenged? Once you make statements like that on the internet, they are out there, whether you take them down or not, and your version of removing them “on request” was more “after hours of defending them.” It is those statements (which someone from Jamboree has a copy of) that set off our response, including the director of our parent organization defending our event, and our rebuffing your “polite suggestions” by telling you to throw your own festival. Shocking. As for Erik’s mention of Dreamland, he is not attacking them, but using them to illustrate a point in response to your allegations. I would add to that, if you don’t want your friends and associates drawn into the fray, don’t make anonymous public allegations. Don’t wrap damning allegations and lies in nonsense and polite suggestions and be surprised when you are met with a vigorous defense and anger instead of laughter and consideration.

    I think that word of “a few examples” of treating artists poorly would be news to the other 100+ musicians, painters, sculptors, fire performers, lighting designers, and yes, even puppeteers that appeared at the Jamboree. Its just that you and one other person decided to go on a public rant about what you saw as a slight BEFORE speaking with anyone from the Jamboree, and we responded. That’s what makes it hard to believe you had no malice intent or revenge motive; most people who don’t have either of those things choose to have private, face to face conversations, not go on public rants. I didn’t see anyone (and I’m pretty sure I know all of them) from Jamboree congratulating themselves on supporting arts or raising money for the parks. I saw lots of us thank everybody who participated, and lots of us be happy with the show we presented. And by the way, if a non-profit pledges funds raised from an event to something, but doesn’t see a return on it’s event, it doesn’t make their mission statement any less true. You can’t call a failure of action a misrepresentation of intention.

    I guess finally, I just have to ask if you deny anything in Erik’s statement. Because if it is true that you were warned beforehand that you would not be allowed to continue a performance past midnight, who are you mad at? Yes, the person who shut you down did not handle it correctly, and for that we are truly sorry. The man in question is elderly, he was exhausted like the rest of our staff, and he’s always a little ornery. ( He’s also smart, tough, and generally amazing at running a festival) That was a job that should have been handled by our artist relations staff, not security. But if we told you you had to be done at 12, how surprised can you be when we tell you to stop at 12?

    Can we call it quits now, at least on the interwebs? Every time I think I’ve made myself sound like the biggest possible asshole, another round begins…

  3. Posted August 15, 2010 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Security guys got on me for not wearing my tag, despite the fact that I was clearly one of the performers. Should I have been throwing a hissy fit all this time about it cause they did their job? No, I’m afraid grown-ups shouldn’t act that way.

    What is it about this festival that makes people think they have a legitimate right to dictate to the organizers how it should be named or run, like a bunch of demanding, tantrum-throwing children? It’s mind boggling. Somebody must have disrespected a gypsy or something and got cursed.

    People who create their own things so they can do it their own way get to do what they want with them. You can dislike it all you want, but you can’t tell them what to do with their own things and expect to be heeded. Make your own event/band/art/blog/whatever, and you can do what you want with them. That’s how it works. I understand a lot of people don’t have what it takes to do things like that with any amount of success, but if you’re one of those people, you can still show your righteousness by not being a demanding jerk to people who do, at least. Even if you dislike what they do. Criticism’s fine, but what you’re doing isn’t criticism, it’s coercion, and it’s making you look bad. If you don’t like it, don’t go.

  4. Posted August 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Andy, so sorry you are so offended by the missing posting. Is there some way we could post an edited version that wouldn’t offend anyone, or put a disclaimer on it that says it has been retracted? That might provide some context.

    And in response to Erik’s account:

    show was scheduled for 6:55-7:10 on Friday on one of the main stages. For reasons unknown to me, it was deemed that it could not happen which worked fine since it was too bright for shadow puppets. we talked with the dir, making sure it wouldn’t be a problem to run slightly past midnight.

    Jambo Man was taken out to the pavilion with permission on friday night by Jason Voss who placed him in a chair watching the show for visual appeal and symbolic connection with the festival. On Saturday, he made an appearance in the hippy cat jam portion of the shadow puppet show

    Erik wrote: “The Depot Town CDC Board informed our festival director that the puppet show could not be held Saturday night when the festival was shutting down. This is due to the fact that 1) our event permit ends at midnight and 2) we needed to ensure that our security was able to effectively clear the park to keep patrons safe and to comply with rules set forth by the city.”

    and this is the missing piece of information that was not properly communicated to us by the festival director when he came and talked to us sometime shortly after 11. Then the last band went over schedule and we got shut down halfway through in a humiliating fashion and the people that had been waiting to watch the show kicked out of the park.

    I realize that this all happened without any intentional malice, but there was a failure on the part of the festival to properly organize our performances and the last we heard from anyone from the festival was getting booted out of the park like criminals.

    As far as I know, we were asked to do the festival, and we specifically made an original show from scratch tailor-made to fit in our allotted 15 minute time slot. I personally spent about 30 hours working on it in the week prior on top of all the time there setting up and performing. We did it for free, and were happy to do it just for the exposure and to contribute to making the festival special. The show got a really good response, but the prevailing attitude seemed to be that we were lucky we were allowed to do a show at all and it was so low a priority that no institutional support from the festival was warranted.

    I’m not mad about and I’m not saying the Jamboree sucks. I thought Tree of Life Drum and Dance was really amazing and Ragbirds, BJ/Carnies, Macpodz feat MC Kadence were great sets too. If we had gotten so much as any explanation for what happened following the festival that would have gone a long way. I am intimately familiar with the difficulties of running volunteer efforts and that things fall through the cracks and get fucked up, but as a top priority organization you really should be invested in maintaining good relations with people who are donating their time and creative energy into making your event a success.

    I don’t think anyone who had a good experience at the festival was looking at their facebook and going “oh my god I was misled!” I mean I have to live in fear of the day Pit Martin finally exposes me as the talentless poseur that I am, relentlessly trying to make up for how completely normal I am, but I’m not demanding ze immediately remove those threats.

    I really hope we can turn this into positive energy for Ypsi. We live in a small, diverse, weird, energetic, exciting and I think most of us genuinely want to make it a better place to live now that we got rid of that bitchy Christine chick.

  5. Dirty Ypsi-Lover
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Yeah…I blame that Christine chick. Well, in the end, everyone got an apology, everyone got some press, and we found out that The Bomber’s butter comes from Pennsylvania. And now, we are all united under the banner of the Anti-Christine Shultz League. Let’s not forget that DJ Magic Mike douche, or whatever his name was either. In the end, we are all brothers and sisters. We can fight and gripe and talk shit to each other, but let some no good outsider attack one of us, and we all unite and come together to defend the good name of Ypsi and ALL of it’s residents. I’m proud of you kids.

  6. Posted August 15, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    That sounds pretty reasonable. Rebuttal?

  7. Andy
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Do the Dreamland people or the Cdc people post their 990 forms on their web pages?

  8. Bill
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Hello.

  9. Posted August 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    For those of you not following multiple conversations, at once, Dirty Ypsi Lover’s reference to “Christine” is explained here.

  10. Posted August 15, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    I’m not an insider by any means, but my guess is that posting the Dreamland’s financial statement would get more laughs than all the episodes of Dreamland Tonight rolled up together… Seriously, there’s not a lot of money coming in, and the only reason it continues to be the creative ground zero that it is, is due to the financial contributions of Naia Venturi. Seriously, once we get the Iggy statue built, we should consider doing one of Naia… And, hello, Bill. Are you new around here?

  11. Posted August 15, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    And, for what it’s worth, I agree that we need to unify around our hatred of Christine, and drop all of this other nonsense. It was fun while it lasted, but I think it’s time to move on.

  12. Andy Ypsilanti
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    My rebuttal would be this; building things together usually starts with a conversation. Conversations don’t usually start with accusations on the internet. We want to bring more of the amazing art and culture that happens in Ypsilanti to the Jamboree, and we got a start on it this year, it just didn’t all run as smoothly as we hoped. We made some mistakes. But, instead of taking your argument to the public first, try talking with some of the folks from jamboree, like Catherine, who worked very hard to expand our arts and cultural offerings this year and who invited you to perform. No, it didn’t all turn out the way we had planned exactly, but what do you think would help us make it better, talking to us face to face about what we can do to improve the festival, or issue a manifesto on the internet?

    We appreciate the work you put into the show, and we wanted it to be performed, but we are bound by city ordinance to end all amplified sound at 12am, even if it’s just a small speaker for a puppet show. It sucks that you got the word so late, but as you pointed out, crazy things can happen at a festival and unforeseen things occur. We don’t deny that we made mistakes, especially having security shut you down instead of artist relations explaining what was happening. But instead of telling us face to face that we screwed up, you took your argument to the internet, and instead of working something out that could benefit everyone, we all wind up making ourselves look like assholes.

    To improve our city takes working together, and working together starts with talking face to face. Just think of how much different this whole thing could have turned out if all of these long, drawn out talks had been done face to face. We could have been done with this days ago, saved a lot of time and energy, and not all looked like jackasses.

    At least we got a cartoon out of it.

  13. Knox
    Posted August 16, 2010 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    Has it been decided that there will be another Jamboree?

  14. Patrick Elkins
    Posted August 16, 2010 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    I would like to clear up any misconceptions that anyone has about my involvement (or lack thereof) in this matter. I’ve had a chance to speak with some of the folks involved privately in person or via email but have, until now, resisted explaining my position in a public forum because of my desire to avoid being involved in this discussion; however, it seems that several people are still under the impression that I was involved with this incident and the conversation that has followed so I wanted to clarify my position.

    I had nothing to do with the abduction of Jambo Man or the establishment of the “Diazotrophical Liberation Association” facebook profile and have not contributed to the content or conversations associated with this profile. Prior to performing a portion of a shadow puppet show on Saturday night at the Jamboree, we did borrow Jambo Man and agree to return him after the show. Following the aborted performance, I was upset; however, when persons expressed their desire to steal the Jamboree mascot I told them that I did not want to be involved in said creature-napping. While I didn’t do anything to stop the people who took him, I didn’t aid them. I was taking down my shadow screen and light, putting away puppets, etc. when he was taken. At that time, I expressed that I did not want to be a part of the situation and I am reiterating that desire now.

    It was never my impression that what happened at the Jamboree regarding the puppet show that was to be performed on Saturday night was in any way malicious or anything other than logistical oversight and/or miscommunication between various parties. I don’t harbor any animosity towards the organizers of this festival or anyone involved with it; I appreciate the efforts of all of the people in our community who organize events and activities. I was invited by Catherine to perform a shadow puppet show; myself and the puppeteers who assisted in the production of the show were not acting as representatives of the Dreamland Theater or any other local organization and there is no reason why the Dreamland should be included in this conversation. It is my position that one person can not speak for this group of puppeteers as a whole as we are each individuals who react to situations differently (as human beings tend to do) and are ultimately individually responsible for these reactions. I am extremely appreciative of the effort that everyone involved in producing the puppet show (Jason Voss recorded and engineered the sound, composed music and performed voices/music; Stef Chura & Kevin Morris contributed vocals to the recording; I cut the puppets and wrote the story, composed music and performed voices on the recording; Annie Palmer, Jason and I operated puppets).

    At this time I see no reason to include myself in further discussions regarding this incident beyond the logistics of what took place at the Jamboree. If anyone would like to speak about this further, I can be reached at chewyourown@gmail.com. I’d be happy to arrange to meet somewhere and discuss this in person.

    cheers,
    Patrick

  15. Patrick Elkins
    Posted August 16, 2010 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Oops, I omitted a word. The last sentence in the third paragraph should read: “I am extremely appreciative of the effort that everyone involved in producing the puppet show undertook (Jason Voss recorded and engineered the sound, composed music and performed voices/music; Stef Chura & Kevin Morris contributed vocals to the recording; I cut the puppets and wrote the story, composed music and performed voices on the recording; Annie Palmer, Jason and I operated puppets).”

  16. Edward
    Posted August 16, 2010 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    I did not think that Patrick Elkins was behind this until now.

    Now I’m almost certain that Jambo Man never existed, and that it’s been a ruse from the start.

    I would rather be killed a thousand times than spend another second in the city which Patrick Elkins calls home.

  17. Wetmen
    Posted August 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    In the next 24 hours we must waterboard Patrick Elkins to find Jambo.

  18. Posted August 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Please knock it off with the Patrick Elkins allegations and do a tiny bit of research if you don’t know who is responsible for this satirical community development direct action group (always clearly the work of a single person, the invocation of all the creatures of the watershed being a rhetorical device). There’s a variety of research and background materials on the Facebook page and following BJ’s helpful advice on “how it works” will be making my own blog really soon. Look, all I was ever saying all along was “I DECLARE REVOLUTIONARY PEACE AND INTERCONNECTED MYCORRHIZAL COOPERATIVE SOLIDARITY OF YPSI LOVE WITH THE MICHIGAN ROOTS JAMBOREE” and am pleased to announce that all politely-worded constructive suggestions have been officially placed on the list for possible items to be taken under consideration by the MRJ/DTCDC in acceptance of this declaration of revolutionary peace!

    It’s just a friendly joke and I think it illustrates the fact that a similar response to a more hostile attack on the MRJ by somebody that doesn’t give a shit about Ypsi could cause some serious damage to the community as a whole. Andy, I’m sorry I’ve offended you so much, but people will say mean viscous shit on the internet and whatever censored speech I put out in the public on facebook (and now have no access to) wasn’t really that bad in the grand scheme of mean things on the interwebs. Just look at this thread.

    AND I mean c’mon, it is PUNK WEEK after all. Even though I’m not a member of the official congregation in Ann Arbor, that doesn’t mean I don’t the right to celebrate this beautiful cultural tradition in my own personal special and unique manner without having to fear religious persecution. Please stop attacking my rights as a satirist in Free Ypsilanti by making me break character.

    See everybody at the SHOPPING CART RACE tonight at midnight SHARP before the FLEETWOOD DINER!!!!!!

  19. Posted August 17, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    I like punks. But, as I get older, I think I like them more in theory than in reality. At least that’s how I felt this weekend, when, taking my daughter to see the Wizard of Oz, we were confronted by a pack of them with face tattoos, dragging along their canine mascot, and asking for change.

  20. Andy Ypsilanti
    Posted August 18, 2010 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    Friendly jokes rarely include calling people liars in public but hey, your a punk right, so we should be ok with you acting like a jackass. To paraphrase Mark, assholes hate it when you call them assholes.

  21. Posted August 18, 2010 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Mark, have you seen the PUNK WEAK protest shirts?

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=57301&l=fc8bedb983&id=100001464828063

    Due credit to Mr. Jef Jenkins (The Fags, Ron of Japan, Cobra Youth, Axis of Evil, Mazinga, Versificators, Suicide By Cop, ARBCO Records) for this creative piece of contemporary local social commentary tying together the current state of punk week with the rich Ann Arbor tradition of Art Fair protest (i.e. It’s not art; It’s not fair). Please respect the diverse cultural legacy of our town’s favorite son by allowing the behavior of a few sociopathic dog lovers to represent all punks worldwide.

    Andy, I’m perfectly comfortable with being called an asshole. What is troubling is that you are distorting speech made in “public” on Facebook that was taken down upon demand by you. I no longer have access to what was written, though I have elaborated on the intent and message of this statement. Yet misinterpretations of what was written are being used to threaten me with accusations of slander. If your position is in favor of censorship, I politely request that you defend this position and call on whomever is withholding this objectionable statement to subject it to open consideration in the marketplace of ideas so that it can be properly judged with reference to obscenity according to community standards.

    Also credit is due to Mark Maynard for illustrating the potential of recent developments in new media technology to transform negative energy for the common good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMF5hT8m1Tc

  22. Posted August 19, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    This has nothing to do with the jamboree thing, but I saw this picture of Henry Winkler and thought of you in Milwaukee:

    http://www.hereandnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/0819_henry-winkler-306.jpg

  23. Posted August 20, 2010 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    A photo like this of the real life Iggy posed next to the statue could really help the public image of the Babies R Us/Starbucks/GFS district to better reflect its cultural heritage:

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2726/4189905697_8a0024c897.jpg

    We would really like to see this community development project on the list of long-term initiatives but in the meantime throw our support behind the Ron Asheton statue project:

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=118976228137180

  24. Manis Toopik
    Posted August 29, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Useful information on the abduction of this plush cultural hero of the downtrodden white slaves of Ypsitucky. Thank you kindly.

  25. Wat Reniree
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Where the fuck is Jman with my child support? Babies needz to eat.

  26. Lew Bons
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    So, where is Mr. Mann now? Was he returned to his rightful owner?

  27. proverka
    Posted October 6, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Word is he’ll be traveling to NYC soon. The plan, I’m told, is to put his feet into cement, and throw him into the Hudson.

  28. Kibbles
    Posted October 6, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    I saw Jambo at the ManHoe house. He was laying in the middle of a pentagram, surrounded by candles. The one they call Logan was trying unsuccessfully to sedate a feral cat by blowing pot smoke into it’s snout, while the others fought as to the order in which they would make love to yellow pillow creature. I left.

  29. Trar Beveber
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    I saw him last night, stumbling down Miles Street, wearing sweatpants.

  30. Pierre Card
    Posted November 24, 2010 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    I had a horrible dream last night that Jambo Man is in serious danger. In my dream, I saw him being force-fed. He was blindfolded, covered in filth, and at at least three times his original size. A man was cramming food down throat, fattening him up for Thanksgiving.

  31. Sarin Green
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    I found this by Googling “man jamming”. This isn’t what I was expecting.

  32. Edward
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    If it’s hot man jamming that you’re looking for, I’ve got some City Council video for you. Meet me at Smarty Katz tonight at 1:00 AM. I’ll be the one in a denim turban eating candy corn.

  33. Loshar
    Posted August 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    You tried to kill Jambo, but, like Jesus and ObiOneKenObi, he came back even bigger than he was before, fuckers!

  34. Serena
    Posted September 1, 2011 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    He deserves to be waterboarded for an eternity.

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