The Book: Part 10, Pages 451-500

Welcome to Part Ten of the book ‘The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America’.

This are pages 451 through 500 of our book, and we offer it here for whatever you think it is worth. Hopefully, this gives your Monday a boost!

This section includes interviews with Gene Hoglan, possibly the greatest metal drummer of all time, and Dave Archer, a great artist who uses a million volt Tesla Coil as his paintbrush.  It also follows our journey to the beach, where we spent that last days of our trip and began a new life after this project was done. Happy Reading!

We offer the book and movie as an interactive PDF and a streaming video in a pay-what-you-can honor system model, or $25+shipping for the paperback, you can get it here:

The hosting, building and maintaining the website, the app that creates this flip book and paypal fees all cost money, not to mention the 5+ years we have invested in this project with our whole hearts and minds.  This project was an enormous undertaking, and we did it with no support, no grants, no credit cards, which made it an extremely challenging task. We had none of the comforts of home for more than a year!  We worked odd jobs, and slept sitting up in the front seat of our car quite often.

Why would we do this you ask?  We wanted to do whatever we could to make a difference, to provoke thought, and to give people their say.  We hope you enjoy reading our words and those of the people who gave us their time to help document true America.

Please support independent art and creative endeavors and throw us a token of your appreciation, think of it like tipping a waitress or a barista, and this is certainly more long lasting than an espresso!

Thank you for your support and your time.  Please enjoy our artistic expression.


SEATTLE – YOU WILL LEARN… How to quit your job, leave your life and travel the country for over a year with only $180.

How to quit your job, leave your life and travel the country for over a year with only $180…. Yes, you too can truly tune in, turn on, and drop out – pack up the house and everything you own, put the work on hold, and spend a year traveling the USA with no money, and no back up plan.

Shane and Amy Bugbee did just that they packed it all up, threw it in storage, took to the road, and found themselves in a magical land full of kind people, wise men, and surreal experiences, it was amazing, it was life changing, and it all really happened in that mystical land known as America.  Armed with a video camera and a laptop, their dog and turtle, the creative duo (with a long history of underground publishing and activism) produced more than 150 short videos and dozens of blogs under some very harsh conditions.

Join the couple as they discuss the experience, tell stories and show short videos from their travels. While on their journey they met with and interviewed people from all walks of life — Pig farmers and artists, to christian ministers, ranchers, revolutionaries and rock stars, about the topics that decent people don’t discuss in polite company – Politics, Art, Religion, and Revolution.

At the VERA Project presentation the Bugbees will be feature videos of Case Breaking West Memphis Three footage, some of which was used by Peter Jackson in his new film ‘West of Memphis’, renown photographer and artist Joel Peter Witkin, Ian MacKaye of Fugazi/Minor Threat, Mike IX of eyehategod and many others.  They will offer copies of their new book and movie ‘The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America’ for sale. This book and movie also marks a return of the notorious underground publisher Michael Hunt Publishing.

The Bugbee’s new book and movie that is called ‘The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America’, chronicles their year long road trip, tells about what drove them to such a drastic endeavor, and includes more than 40 interviews filling a 532 page book and an 80 minute movie featuring a variety of typical Americans that prove America is anything but typical.   It is available in paperback, an interactive PDF, and a limited edition hardcover with original art on each cover. Also, the book is being posted in a flip book form as 50 page segments every Monday on the book’s website:

Also joining The Bugbee’s at The VERA Project will be artist Dave Archer, who they met on the road and is featured in their book and movie. Star Trek artist and former beat Dave Archer, paints with a million volt Tesla Coil as his paintbrush and sang on the street with Janis Joplin when she was an unknown girl with a guitar in the early 1960s. See him do a live demonstration with a real Tesla Coil live. As part of their presentation, Shane and Amy will conduct a live interview with the road sage and master artist.

March 2, 2013 Doors at 7pm


305 Harrison St.

Seattle WA

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• Call or Email Shane or Amy Bugbee 360-244-1662 or