Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Complete book FORTRESS EUROPE by Ryan Bartek - free download

My new book about the EUROPEAN UNDERGROUND... 10 years in the making, “FORTRESS EUROPE” is the long promised beast of nonfiction journalism from underground USA journalist Ryan Bartek. Clocking in at 222 pages, this career defining & genre bending work details the author's travels throughout the European Underground in Summer 2011. Refuting every stereotype of traditional journalism, “FORTRESS EUROPE” combines the classic autobiographical road novel with the current state of European Counterculture. The res
ult is an odyssey of monumental scope featuring face-to-face interviews with a number of legends in extreme metal, hardcore punk, industrial, experimental, psychedelic & good old rock n' roll. Appearances include Laibach, Wolfbrigade, Rotting Christ, Killing Joke, Funeral Winds, Enochian Crescent, Moonsorrow, Fondlecorpse, Defeated Sanity, First Blood, Hello Bastards, Armed Response Unit, Melting Walkmen, Abortion, Panthiest, CNK, Arkangel, HATE, Repulsione, Dehuman, Dickless Tracy, General Surgery, Grind The Enemy, Fides Inversa, Excavated, Terri Bomb, Flowers of Flesh & Blood, Knuckledust, Chiens, Vanguard, Splitter, Pyramido, Fen, Black Breath, Ingurgitating Oblivion, Scavenger Brats, El Schlong, Spacemen 3 & legendary Detroit writer/60's radical Mr. John Sinclair. “FORTRESS EUROPE” also includes a bonus section featuring commentary by members of Brutal Truth, Master, Agathocles, Battlelore, Corpus Christii, Manzer, Seita, Cruadalach, Livstid, Nahemah, Der Blutharsch, Mincing Fury & Primordial. Territories explored include London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Milan, Ljubljana, Venice, Bologna & Brussels – as well as infamous squat/artist communities KOPI 137 (Berlin), Metelkova (Ljubljana), Ruigoord (Amsterdam), Christiania (Copenhagen) & the much-coveted gathering at the Obscene Extreme Festival.

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Do not be mistaken – “FORTRESS EUROPE” is not a “music book.” It is a fanatical attempt to eclipse these preconceptions that metal/punk are low-brow subcultures that should be discounted & ignored. It is an authentic work of art which takes it's cues not from static “music journalism” but rather the literary territory of legends like Jack Kerouac, Henry Miller, Hunter S Thompson, etc. File sharing is approved & encouraged by its author, Ryan Bartek. He asks that any interested parties simply attach the PDF to an email & forward it to any who might find value. While reviews are appreciated, we know this is time-consuming. Therefore, we mainly seek news mentions that clearly explain where to download “FORTRESS EUROPE (The Big Shiny Prison Vol. II)” for FREE. “FORTRESS EUROPE” is the sequel to “THE BIG SHINY PRISON.” Both books are works of nonfiction travel journalism revolving around modern counterculture. While “THE BIG SHINY PRISON” covered the USA underground, “FORTRESS EUROPE” details the author's odyssey throughout the EU in 2011.

Furthermore, Ryan Bartek will be engaging in a DIY book tour throughout 2011. Details TBA.

“FORTRESS EUROPE” is the third book by Ryan Bartek, preceded by “THE BIG SHINY PRISON” (2009) & his debut anthology “THE SILENT BURNING” (2005). Bartek is also a veteran musician of grindpunk acts SASQUATCH AGNOSTIC & A.K.A. MABUS. He also performs acoustic/antifolk under the alias JACK CASSADY, does live spoken word (as Ryan Bartek) and has toured nationally. Bartek has been published in a host of zines/newspapers, including Metal Maniacs, PIT Magazine, and HAILS & HORNS, among others. Email interviews are much appreciated. To reach Bartek directly, please contact or

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