DIY: The Rise of Lo-Fi Culture

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“A veritable cornucopia of self-made worth. . . . DIY: The Rise of Lo-Fi Culture is a triumph from beginning to end. . . . Highly recommended.”—Trakmarx.com

“A . . . comprehensive guide to the evolution of DIY culture as we know it today.”—Bookslut.com

This exploration of lo-fi culture traces the origin of the DIY ethic to the skiffle movement of the 1950s, mail art, Black Mountain poetry, and avant-garde art in the 1950s. It follows the punk scene of the 1970s and 1980s to the ...

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Overview

“A veritable cornucopia of self-made worth. . . . DIY: The Rise of Lo-Fi Culture is a triumph from beginning to end. . . . Highly recommended.”—Trakmarx.com

“A . . . comprehensive guide to the evolution of DIY culture as we know it today.”—Bookslut.com

This exploration of lo-fi culture traces the origin of the DIY ethic to the skiffle movement of the 1950s, mail art, Black Mountain poetry, and avant-garde art in the 1950s. It follows the punk scene of the 1970s and 1980s to the current music scene. It charts the development of music outside of the publicity machine and examines the politics behind the production of “homemade” recordings and publications.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714531618
  • Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Amy Spencer is co-founder of the creative collective The Bakery and a promoter of various music and arts events in London. She is currently launching a monthly club night for the band Electrelane. As well as working on her PhD about literary representations of London, she is a volunteer at the Museum of Immigration and Diversity in Spitalfields.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I The zine revolution
A platform for the individual 13
The writer
The offbeat
Murder Can Be Fun
The Duplex Planet
Dishwasher Pete
The personal zine
Cometbus
Pathetic Life
Community building 27
The community
Zine archives and libraries
The queer zine 38
JDs zine
Interview with GB Jones co-founder of JDs
Homocore zine
Spew
Zine feminism 47
The riot
New feminists
Interview with Lisa Jervis of Bitch zine
Mama zines 57
Interview with Ayun Halliday of East Village Inky
Craft 64
Interview with Leah Kramer of craftster.com
DIY literature online 70
The Web journal
The blog
The e-zine
Interview with John Hodge of SchNEWS
Zines past and of the future 88
Interview with Teal Triggs co-editor of Below Critical Radar
Self-publishing of the future
Pt. II The history of DIY publishing
Zine beginnings 94
Science fiction fandom
The beat generation
Yugen, The Floating Bear and The Black Mountain Review
The small press 107
New Directions
City Lights
White Rabbit Press
The fiction zine 112
The story tellers
Interview with short story writer/editor Amy Prior
Artists and the zine 122
Art rebels
Dada
Situationist international
The Bay Area dadaists
Fluxus
Mail art
Decos
New York correspondance school
Interview with John Held curator and editor of Bibliozine
Political zines 139
The radicals
Radical style
The Village Voice
The Realist
The Bohemian Others
The East Village Other
Los Angeles Free Press
The Berkeley Barb
The Oracle
The diggers
UPS : the collective approach
The great British magazine
The International Times
OZ
Red Mole
The End of the Underground Press?
Mother Jones
The history of political zines
An interview with John Hodge, editor of SchNEWS
Guerilla news reporting
Adbusters
Music zines 185
Rock zines
Punk
Punk zine
Sniffin' Glue
Search and Destroy
The impact of the punk zine
Post-punk
Maximumrocknroll
Pt. III The rise of lo-fi music
The Skiffle legacy 219
Punk 226
Punk beginnings
The blank generation
Anarchy in the UK
Punk heroines
Punk politics
The punk legacy 257
New wave
British post-punk
No wave
New York post-punk
Olympia
Beat happening
K Records
Kill rock stars
Grunge
Queercore 276
Queercore origins
Homocore Chicago
The personal is political
British queercore
Queercore activism
Riot grrrl 292
DIY radio 296
Pirate radio
Radio Caroline
Pirate politics
American pirates
Micropower
Free Radio Berkeley
The San Francisco radio movement
Low power stations
Internet radio
The birth of the independents : release it yourself 323
Independent labels
The underground network
The age of the indies
Choosing lo-fi over hi-fi
Cassette culture
File sharing
Live music
Club nights
Festivals
Rave culture
Guerilla Gigging
The future
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