Gavin McInnes : Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Gavin McInnes

Godfather of Hipsterdom

Gavin McInnes is a prankster, provocateur, comedian, and creator of contemporary, alternative pop culture. He established an underground Montreal newspaper, which he grew into Vice Magazine Publishing Inc., an international megabrand that still defines cool for “the kids today.” He is the author of The Vice Guide to Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll; DOs & DON’Ts; DOs & DON’Ts 2; Street Boners; and most recently How to Piss in Public: From Teenage Rebellion to the Hangover of Adulthood (March 2012).

Described on NBC as the “Godfather of Hipsterdom,” McInnes is widely known for creating Vice, his underground ‘zine turned multi-media conglomerate, which he later sold for millions in 2008. Since then, his viral comedy videos garnered so many millions of views, they became a new company called Rooster New York. The most popular video, “How to Piss in Public” is at 1.3m views and rising. This latest twist in his life is just more of the same. Since his adolescence McInnes has been turning goofball behavior into something of a cultural movement.

McInnes loves sex, drugs, and punk rock, and through the years he has committed himself to that triumvirate with hilarious inhibition. Few can look back on a life that includes a punk band named Anal Chinook (Inuit for “warm wind”), remarkably awkward celebrity encounters, violence of every shape and form, a really slow police chase, innumerable threesomes, jail, a self-induced STD, fifteen dead junkies, the invention of New York’s “Warhol Children,” deer hunting with Indians, extreme poverty, and more money than he could possibly spend in one lifetime. It would be easier to list what McInnes has not done.

Originally titled, The Death of Cool, McInnes' How to Piss in Public chronicles that “Wild Oats” time in your life where you leap in with both feet and do whatever you want without any regard for the consequences. At the very end of the book we discover he is a happily married father of two who misses the dead junkie friends who flew too close to the sun. His message is to enjoy these years as much as possible but not so much you never return. This is more than just a laugh-out-loud compendium of shocking stories. It’s the tale of an earnest journey that says “Kick out the Jams” but hopefully sneaks in “Just Don’t Die.”

Today McInnes lives with his wife and two kids in New York City, writes for television, and makes viral comedy videos for corporate sponsors that don’t mind fart jokes.

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