Suicide Club

The Suicide Club was the organization that Cacophony morphed out of some years after the Clubs demise in 1982. Begun in February 1977 and growing out of former S.F. State University “free school” Communiversity (that went rouge breaking free of institutional restrictions and forming a non-profit school) Communiversity birthed the Suicide Club as a “class” in it’s Winter 1977 calendar of free classes. The Suicide Club became known for bridge climbing and other urban infra-structure exploration, Infiltrating cults like the Moonies, street theater (naked cable car stunt, etc.) and live action games on city streets among other types of events.

Tribute to Paranoia – photo by Bob Campbell

Louise Jarmilowicz, Nina Feldman, David T. Warren & Kathy Hearty at the Suicide Clubs “Tribute to Paranoia” at the Roxie Cinema.

One of the many endeavors of Gary Warne during his short life was an early “weird film” series that he co-hosted with Ron Sol called The Fantasy Film Festival. Each week at Gary’s bookstore on Judah St., you could settle into a giant pile of pillows and futons and watch a double bill of movies that were guaranteed to keep your interest. Perhaps the hi-light of the series took place at the Roxie Cinema in late 1978 when Gary showed the (long forgotten and virtually unknown at that time) “Dr. Suess’ Five Thousand Fingers of Doctor T.” The second movie on the bill remains one of the very strangest I have ever seen: the Italian made “Catch as Catch Can. This film starred Vittorio Gasman as a fastidious, dirt loathing TV star who is incessantly attacked by any and all animals (bulls, pigeons, insects) that he happens to run into.

 


Suicide Club food fight "before" - photo by Greg Mancuso
Suicide Club food fight “before” – photo by Greg
Mancuso


Communiversity Summer 79
Communiversity Summer 79


Deathskool
This parody of hippy dippy new age
free schools such as “Lifeschool” (real non-profit school in SF in the
70’s) and Marin County sensibilities in general went out with the class
calendar mailer for OUR hippy dippy new age free school, Communiversity.


SFSC newsletter #14.12
SFSC newsletter #14.12


SFSC newsletter #14.13
SFSC newsletter #14.13


Suicide Club event planning tips 1977-pg 1
Suicide Club event planning tips 1977-pg 1


Suicide Club event planning tips 1977-pg 2
Suicide Club event planning tips 1977-pg 2

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.

Santasm (SantaCon, Santarchy, Kringle Klot, etc., ad nauseum)

SantaCon started in San Francisco in 1994 when Santa Chad Mulligan
listed the event in ROUGH DRAFT. Santa M2 & Santa Melmoth assisted.

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

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