On Sunday, November 22nd Phil will be appearing at the San Marcos Public Library in San Marcos, TX for a special "meet the authors" event; part of Texas Writer's Day. For more info. visit www.whiskeyrebel.com
WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK?
Certainly anybody whos been screwed around by a boss or two; if you hate your present work situation, this book could change your life. I spent three fucking years mulling over the sordid truths behind the employment game. Besides all the bitterness behind the book, its also loaded with funny stories. Ive worked some goddamned weird jobs over the years; I sold toilets at Sears
I worked for Radio Shack for three years without a raise!! I was a three-piece suit wearing manager with an office, secretaries and booze in my desk for a while. I even used to hang advertisements on doorknobs in the rain!
By the way, it has almost NOTHING to do with music or bands or rock and roll
so even your Mom might enjoy it.
The Whiskey Rebel
Revised & Expanded Second Edition; Featuring 52 Additional Pages
Intro by Jim Goad * 396 pgs * 5 1/2 X 8 1/2
Reviews: Jobjumper is as rough, relentless and raw as youd expect a memoir from the leader of the punk rock band Rancid Vat to be. Perhaps you wouldnt expect The Whiskey Rebel (Phil Irwin) to be as precisely detailed in depicting his entire working life, with both excellent perspective and no bullshit or clichés. From picking strawberries and babysitting as a suburban adolescent, to retail sales in Sears and driving teenage boys around in a van, dropping them off to sell newspaper subscriptions, and drinking beers and blaring The Cramps on the ride home, its not pretty. But anyone whos held a bullshit job (and isnt that everyone?) knows its the ugly truth. Both smart and smart-assed, this linear narrative spells out hard-won life lessons about working for almost every kind of employer. Jobjumper can be disgusting at times, and while you may end up loathing the antihero Irwin makes himself out to be, hes the first to admit he can be hard to take. Irwins prose can beat up Bukowskis any day of the week. Once you accept Irwin for who he is, you still may not like him. But to fool yourself into thinking that youre better than he is because you think youre somehow better than an alcoholic tattooed roughneck, or that youre proud of your unblemished work record is naïve. Irwin makes his choices and deals with the consequences, for better or worse, sober or blind drunk. He doesnt let his work or job define him. If you do, keep it to yourself; he doesnt really want to hear it.
Alex Richmond, Philadelphia City Paper
Those familiar with the Whiskey Rebel (a.k.a. Phil Irwin) who pens columns for fanzines like Hit List and Carbon 14 and his own Traitor Baiter and Drink Around The Clock and plays in the obscure punk rock bands Rancid Vat and Alcoholics Unanimous (among others) will notice that this book strays from his usual favorite topic of rock and roll. Here the Whiskey Rebel carries us through his mostly torturous endless string of nine-to-fives and night shifts, from his teenage years to his most recent job at Tower Records (where he was helping to support a wife and kid no less), before abandoning it all to become his own boss (cyberselling LPs). Even though its mostly work stories, his favorite pastime of alcohol indulgence is mentioned a hell of a lot (what else can you expect from a guy who has written songs like Shittin and Pukin at the Same Time Blues)? While fans of the Whiskey Rebel will no doubt be interested in Jobjumper, even if you dont know his work, dont let that deter you from indulging in this hilarious and wildly entertaining perspective on scraping by in the American workplace. Door-to-door encyclopedia peddling, inventory taking, selling electronic crap at Radio Shack, dishwashing at a Pancake House, selling toilets at Sears, checking in customers at a tattoo shop and much, much morethe Whiskey Rebel is an undeniable expert in jumping from paycheck to paycheck. From top to bottom - from having his own office with secretaries to being the only over-30 male doing data entry in an office full of high school girlshes been there, done that, and back again. For every lousy clock-in he gives a comical look at the underbelly of shitty minimum wage jobs: humiliating interviews, condescending temp agencies, psycho bosses, bizarre, unbearable workmates, and mad scrambling to find a way to take a comfortable, decent shit during work hours. Work, sex, drugs, lots of drinking on the job, and a teensy bit of rock and rollthe Whiskey Rebels offbeat humor makes for one hell of a good read.
B. R. Allen, SF Bay Guardian
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