Twisted Times

Stewart and Michelle Mangrum created the entertaining zine “Twisted Times”. Full of wit and lore it often documented the adventures of the Cacophony Society.

Pix by Harrod Blank

Harrod Blank – art car artist, and celebrated photographer and documentarian of the Art Car Movement shared many of his photos for the book. Here are a few selections from the NYC Santa trip, bridge climbing, art cars, and the elsewhere.

Blind Walk

Exploring the unknown and experiencing the new is a core concept of Cacophony Society. One event that pushed peoples senses was by the removal of a sense – vision.

A Small Sampling of Rough Draft Newsletters

The US mail delivered Cacophony Newsletter ended up with the oddly appropriate title “Rough Draft” when no one could think of a name for it. Rough Draft excited Cacophony Society members mail boxes (metal or wood containers in front of your house/apartment that wo(men) in uniforms used to deliver paper documents to) from August 1987 til 2001 when the internet made such arcane communication (sadly) unnecessary.



RD147-b December 1998
RD147-b December 1998

RD006 February 1987
RD006 February 1987

RD082 July 1993 Cover
RD082 July 1993 Cover

RD082 July 1993 Back Cover
RD082 July 1993 Back Cover


RD104 May 1995
RD104 May 1995

Meat Parade photos by Rusty Blazenhoff

John Solomon, owner of Café Venezia on University Ave. in Berkeley conceived of and ran the annual “How-Berkeley-Can-You-Be-Parade” 1996. He personally invited Cacophony to “do anything you want” in a phone call to Sebastian Melmoth before the first parade.

Melmoth & J.D. Boggman put out a call for “meat providers” such as Carrie White from the movie “Carrie” Leatherface of Texas Chainsaw fame and Kal Spellitech from the Industrial Art Ensemble SEEMEN. These and throngs of other meat crazed Cacophonists created the first Meat Parade featuring P.E.T.A. (People Eatin’ Them Animals) and their mandatory Berkeley counter protestors The Veget-Aryans” Cremating entrails on BBQ grills, tossing generic brand cigarettes to the hordes of families and old hippies lining the streets and chainsawing pigs heads for two more years, P.E.T.A. hung up the cleavers in 1998 and the event morphed into early Zombie attacks and other meat related parade floats over the years.


Meat Parade - Vanessa Kuemmerle (LL Fauntleroy)
Meat Parade – Vanessa Kuemmerle (LL Fauntleroy)



Meat Parade - Veget Aryans
Meat Parade – Veget Aryans

Meat Parade - John Law (Sebastian Melmoth)
Meat Parade – John Law (Sebastian Melmoth)


Meat Parade - Elizabeth, Vanessa & William
Meat Parade – Elizabeth, Vanessa & William

Meat Parade Tracey
Meat Parade Tracey

The history of the most influential underground cabal you’ve never heard of