Well Met

Well Met

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The Renaissance Fairea€”a 50 year-long party, communal ritual, political challenge and cultural wellspringa€”receives its first sustained historical attention with Well Met. Beginning with the chaotic communal moment of its founding and early development in the 1960s through its incorporation as a major a€œfamily friendlya€ leisure site in the 2000s, Well Met tells the story of the thinkers, artists, clowns, mimes, and others performers who make the Faire. Well Met approaches the Faire from the perspective of labor, education, aesthetics, business, the opposition it faced, and the key figures involved. Drawing upon vibrant interview material and deep archival research, Rachel Lee Rubin reveals the way the faires established themselves as a pioneering and highly visible counter cultural referendum on how we live nowa€”our family and sexual arrangements, our relationship to consumer goods, and our corporate entertainments. In order to understand the meaning of the faire to its devoted participants, both workers and visitors, Rubin has compiled a dazzling array of testimony, from extensive conversations with Faire founder Phyllis Patterson to interviews regarding the contemporary scene with performers, crafters, booth workers and a€œplaytrons.a€ Well Met pays equal attention what came out of the fairea€”the transforming gifts bestowed by the fairea€™s innovations and experiments upon the broader American culture: the underground press of the 1960s and 1970s, experimentation with a€œethnica€ musical instruments and styles in popular music, the craft revival, and various forms of immersive theater are all connected back to their roots in the faire. Original, intrepid, and richly illustrated, Well Met puts the Renaissance Faire back at the historical center of the American counterculture.a€œEpisode 703: Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell.a€ Satellite News: The Official Mystery Science Theater 3000 Fan Site, 2001. http://www.mst3kinfo.com/ guide/ep703.html. Neiswender, Mary. ... In Circles of Tradition: Folk Arts in Minnesota, 24a€“44. Published in ... a€œPeriod Rush: Affective Transfers in Recent Queer Art and Performance.a€ Theatre History ... New York: Love Spell, 1999. a€œOld Crafts Findanbsp;...

Title:Well Met
Author:Rachel Lee Rubin
Publisher:NYU Press - 2014-02-22


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