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In Sounds of the Underground, Stephen Graham examines the largely unexplored terrain of underground music—exploratory forms of music-making, such as noise, free improvisation, and extreme metal, that exist outside or on the fringes of mainstream culture, generally independent from both the market and from traditional high-art institutions. Until now there has been little scholarly discussion of underground music and its cultural, political, and aesthetic importance. In addition to providing a much-needed historical outline of this diverse scene, Stephen Graham focuses on the digital age, showing the underground and its fringes as based largely in radical anti-capitalist politics and aesthetics, tied to the political contexts and structures of late-capitalism. Sounds of the Underground explores these various ideas of separation and capture through interviews and analysis, developing a critical account of both the music and its political and cultural economy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. PART I. What Is the Underground?
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Introduction to the Underground and Its Fringes
  2. pp. 3-16
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  1. 2. The Music and Musicians
  2. pp. 17-27
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  1. 3. Global and Local Underground/Fringe Scenes
  2. pp. 28-50
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  1. PART II. The Political and Cultural Underground
  2. pp. 51-52
  1. 4. Politics and Underground/Fringe Music
  2. pp. 53-63
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  1. 5. Cultural Policy and Underground/Fringe Music
  2. pp. 64-84
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  1. 6. Artists and Music, Improv and Noise
  2. pp. 85-114
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  1. 7. The Digital Economy and Labels
  2. pp. 115-143
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  1. 8. Festivals and Venues
  2. pp. 144-166
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  1. Part III. Listening to the Underground
  2. pp. 167-168
  1. 9. Noise as Concept, History, and Scene
  2. pp. 169-188
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  1. 10. The Politics of Underground Music and Noise
  2. pp. 189-201
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  1. 11. The Sounds of Noise
  2. pp. 202-217
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  1. 12. Extreme Metal
  2. pp. 218-242
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 243-244
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  1. List of Interviewees
  2. pp. 245-246
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 247-268
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 269-290
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 291-296
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472121649
Related ISBN
9780472119752
MARC Record
OCLC
948511711
Pages
328
Launched on MUSE
2016-05-11
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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