You Don't Know Me but You Don't Like Me

Phish, Insane Clown Posse, and My Mind-melting Migratory Misadventures With Two of Music's Most Maligned Tribes

Rabin, Nathan

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
You Don't Know Me but You Don't Like Me
One of Rolling Stone 's 20 Best Music Books of 2013 When memoirist and head writer for The A.V. Club Nathan Rabin first set out to write about obsessed music fans, he had no idea the journey would take him to the deepest recesses of both the pop culture universe and his own mind. For two very curious years, Rabin, who Mindy Kaling called "smart and funny" in The New Yorker , hit the road with two of music's most well-established fanbases: Phish's hippie fans and Insane Clown Posse's notorious "Juggalos." Musically or style-wise, these two groups could not be more different from each other, and Rabin, admittedly, was a cynic about both bands. But once he gets deep below the surface, past the caricatures and into the essence of their collective cultures, he discovers that both groups have tapped into the human need for community. Rabin also grapples with his own mental well-being-he discovers that he is bipolar-and his journey is both a prism for cultural analysis and a deeply personal exploration, equal parts humor and heart.

Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2013
Edition: First Scribner trade paperback edition
ISBN: 1451626886
Branch Call Number: 782.42 Ra
Characteristics: 261 pages ; 23 cm


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Apr 24, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

You Don't Know Me But You Don't Like Me documents Nathan Rabin's journey into two vastly different but equally mocked musical fan bases. Phish and Insane Clown Posse are about as far away as you can get from each other in terms of sound, lyrics, and subject matter. The one thing that they do have in common is that their fans have very few qualms about conscious-altering substances.

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Dec 04, 2013
  • Bewlay rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I liked the book even though I can't say I know much about Phish or Insane Clown Posse. People can relate to their rabid following (or not).


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