Just finished this.
Free Pizza for Life, by Chris Clavin
I first discovered Plan-It-X Records nearly 7 years ago, when I took the advice of an Internet acquaintance and went searching for Spoonboy’s first solo record, “I Love You, This Is A Robbery.” I eventually made my way to the Plan-It-X site, and was really surprised to see that all of CDs only cost $5. I was used to paying at least $10 for a CD; I thought everything was either on sale or an EP or something silly like that.
Since everything was so inexpensive, I just started ordering things on a whim. I now own everything PIX has put out, excluding the first 6 tape releases and Greg Well’s book Complete Control (if you have any of those things and are willing to part with them, please let me know).
After a couple years of constantly ordering things from him, I met Chris Clavin in the Spring of 2007. I had been setting up shows in my small mountain town for a couple years at that point and was incredibly excited when Ghost Mice agreed to play an afternoon show in a park. Less than 10 people showed up, but since they were playing a show in Asheville later that night it wasn’t a big deal. I met Eric Ayotte that day too and wound up buying a ton of merch from both him and Ghost Mice to help with gas (and not have to trust the postal service with a bunch of cash in the mail).
Since that chilly March afternoon, Chris and I have stayed in touch and become friends, occasionally sharing a slice of pizza or container of fries whenever we’re in the same town. This book reads exactly how I expected it to — just like Chris is telling a story to me or a small group of friends. There are misspellings and awkwardly assembled sentences, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. Some points and stories are abrupt, and by any other standards would need transitions and elaboration, but it all just feels natural and somehow right in Free Pizza for Life.
If you are interested in Plan-It-X Records, Bloomington, punklore, Chris Clavin, several ways to get free pizza (both legal and otherwise), or finding out who Samantha Dorsett was and the impact she had on her friends and DIY punk music you should read this book.
You can get it from Plan-It-X Records for $10ppd. You can order it online, but I think you should mailorder it instead. Why? It’s way more fun to mail a nice letter with some disguised / hidden cash, and Paypal can’t take any of the money. There’s also tons of great music that you can order along with the book for cheap. If you want me to recommend something for you, I would love to. Click through on this picture to go to the PIX main page. And be sure to read all of the catalog descriptions!
Punk rock music saved my life, and I am so glad that this book exists.14
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