The Gathering of the Juggalos – Daniel Cronin

The Gathering of the Juggalos is a music festival founded by the “horrorcore” rap duo Insane Clown Posse and held each summer in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois. For three consecutive years, Daniel Cronin attended the festival with the aim of portraying the quieter, unseen side of an event known widely as the most controversial music festival in the world. Though there is more than enough evidence of illegal activity, once the façade disappears, through the chaotic bravado of tattoos, piercings, fires and festivities, something of an unexpected sense of community and tenderness shines through. The plethora of clown painted faces (appearing throughout the book like lucid ghosts) fall away, transforming the “Juggalos” from their almost caricature-like state into something much quieter, more human. Two people sleep amongst the grass, a group swim together in the lake – their comfort and openness with the camera is apparent, and their nakedness does not emit vulnerability, but pride. 

£25 / 104 pp / Mar 2013
ISBN: 9783791347523

Reviewed by Joanna Cresswell
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