Empire of Dirt by Wendy Fonarow
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Empire of Dirt
By Wendy Fonarow

Empire of Dirt

The Aesthetics and Rituals of British Indie Music

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Empire of Dirt by Wendy Fonarow

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Britain is widely considered the cradle of independent music culture. Bands like Radiohead and Belle and Sebastian, which epitomize indie music's sounds and attitudes, have spawned worldwide fanbases. This in-depth study of the British independent music scene explores how the behavior of fans, artists, and music industry professionals produce a community with a specific aesthetic based on moral values. Author Wendy Fonarow, a scholar with years of experience in the various sectors of the indie music scene, examines the indie music "gig" as a ritual in which all participants are actively involved. This ritual allows participants to play with cultural norms regarding appropriate behavior, especially in the domains of sex and creativity. Her investigation uncovers the motivations of audience members when they first enter the community and how their positions change over time so that the gig functions for most members as a rite of passage. Empire of Dirt sheds new light on music, gender roles, emotion, subjectivity, embodiment, and authenticity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780819568113
ISBN-10: 0819568112
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publish Date: 10-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Wendy Fonarow

Wendy Fonarow is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California Los Angeles. She has worked for music labels including Domino, Reprise, and MCA, and is an active participant in the indie music community.

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