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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. 1. What Is “Indie”?
  2. pp. 25-78
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  1. 2. The Zones of Participation
  2. pp. 79-121
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  1. 3. Zone Three and the Music Industry
  2. pp. 122-153
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  1. 4. The Participant Structure and the Metaphysics of Spectatorship
  2. pp. 154-186
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  1. 5. Performance, Authenticity, and Emotion
  2. pp. 187-202
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  1. 6. Sex and the Ritual Practitioners
  2. pp. 203-241
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  1. Afterword: My Music Is Your Dirt
  2. pp. 242-250
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  1. Appendix 1. NME’s Top 100 Albums of All Time
  2. pp. 251-254
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  1. Appendix 2. NME’s Top 50 Albums of the 1980s
  2. pp. 255-256
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  1. Appendix 3. Select Magazine Survey, 1994
  2. pp. 257-260
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 261-288
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  1. References
  2. pp. 289-306
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 307-316
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  1. Series Page, About the Author
  2. pp. 317-322
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780819574435
Print ISBN
9780819568106
MARC Record
OCLC
867050143
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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